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CWU Mount Stuart Mathematics Seminar to Offer a Clue to Winning at Board Games

Popular worldwide, deduction board games are those that require logic and reasoning in order to win. Examples include competitive games such as the vAaron Montgomery, CWU mathematics professorenerable Battleship and Clue and the more recent game Cryptid; as well as modern cooperative games such as Hanabi and The Shipwreck Arcana.

Aaron Montgomery, CWU mathematics professor, will explain how deductive reasoning is used to develop winning strategies in these games in CWU’s next Mount Stuart Mathematics Seminar.

“I will review some previous work done by other mathematicians who are also looking into finding optimal strategies for Hanabi,” Montgomery notes, “as well as some of my own ideas about how to develop winning strategies specifically for The Shipwreck Arcana.”

Montgomery, a past winner of the “Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics Award” from the Pacific Northwest section of the Mathematical Association of America, has a wide range of acknowledged expertise, including game theory.

His free, public presentation is part of the fall quarter seminar series sponsored by the CWU Department of Mathematics. It will be held Wednesday, October 30, at 4:00 p.m. in Samuelson 252 on the Ellensburg campus.


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Photo: Aaron Montgomery, CWU mathematics professor