Extra Credit Opportunity: Doomsday Math

Dr. Cynthia Woodburn of the PSU Math Dept will present “Apocalypse 2012?  What do Mayan Calendars and Mathematics Tell Us” this Thursday, Sept. 15 at 2:00 p.m. in Yates Hall 215

History is replete with examples of doomsday predictions; from an Assyrian clay tablet predicting the end of times in 2800 BC to Y2K to Harold Camping’s prediction that the world would end on May 21, 2011.  Another example is the claim that the Mayan calendar ends in 2012 corresponding to the world ending in an apocalypse.  Hollywood even jumped on the bandwagon with the disaster movie “2012”.  We’ll take a look at what the mathematics and calendars of the Mayans have to say about 2012 and the end of the world as we know it.

Students are encouraged to attend.

There will be cookies and conversation afterwards in Yates 210.