Celebrating Richard Guy

Join us for a series of events taking place October 1-4, 2020 which will celebrate the life of Emeritus professor and mathematician Dr. Richard Guy.  He was an inspirational teacher, colleague, philanthropist, mountaineer, and treasured friend who will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

Dr. Terence Tao, Professor, Mathematics Department, UCLA

Richard and Louise Guy Lecture

Speaker:  Dr. Terence Tao, Professor and The James and Carol Collins Chair in the College of Letters and Sciences Mathematics, UCLA
Speaker bio and full lecture abstract 

Title:  The notorious Collatz conjecture
Date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Time:  5:00 – 6:15 p.m. (MST)
Location:  Online


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The Unsolved Problems Conference: Celebrating the living legacy of the mathematics of Richard Guy

Join us for a one-day conference in honour of Richard Guy and his contribution to mathematical research. There will be two parallel sessions, geared towards combinatorics and number theory, respectively.  Each session will feature three talks throughout the day. 

Session details will be posted here closer to the event.

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (MST)
Location: Online


Dr. Hugh Williams

Special Lecture: The Life and Numbers of Richard Guy (1916 – 2020)

Speaker: Dr. Hugh Williams, Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary
Speaker bio and full lecture abstract

Title: The Life and Numbers of Richard Guy (1916 - 2020)
Date: Friday, October 2, 2020
Time: 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. (MST)
Location: Online


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Mathematical Play in honour of Richard Guy: A day of recreational math for high school students

Richard Guy was an enthusiastic participant in recreational mathematics.  We would like to invite you to propagate his love of doing math for fun by joining us to solve mathematical puzzles, problems and challenges!  Problems from a special issue of Crux Mathematicorum dedicated to Richard Guy will be distributed on Saturday morning by email to registered participants.  Mathematicians will be available via Zoom in drop in sessions to discuss the problems with students, and to offer additional hourly challenges.  Participants are invited to post their solutions on a discussion board, and notable contributions by students will be recognized during the closing ceremonies session. Organized by Dr. Bill Sands and Dr. Lauren DeDieu.

Session details will be posted here closer to the event.

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Drop-in problem sessions: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (MST)
Closing Ceremony:  4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (MST)
Location:  Online


Dr. Richard Guy

“Peace is a disarming concept”: a celebration of the life of Richard Guy

You’re invited to join Richard and Louise’s family and their many friends to raise a cup of hot chocolate together and celebrate the impact their lives have had beyond the world of mathematics. We have spent time celebrating Richard’s passion for mathematics and sharing this passion with others. It’s now time for family, friends, and colleagues to share their memories of Richard and reflect on the impact he has made to the community and in their lives.

Date:  Sunday, October 4, 2020 
Time:  1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (MST)
Location: Online