Celebration of Mind at Stanford

A gathering for the curious of all ages who find enjoyment and inspiration in mathematics, magic, art, and puzzles.

Saturday, October 20, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm.

Cubberley Auditorium
485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University

Free and open to the public!
Stanford Campus

Celebration of Mind at Stanford

Join us for short talks and activities designed to engage and inspire.
Cubberley Auditorium
485 Lasuen Mall
Stanford University
Program Highlights
Short talks plus activities centered on recreational mathematics and mathematically-inspired magic, art, puzzles, and games.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
1:30 pm–4:30 pm
Join Us
Free and open to the public

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Let us know if you plan to attend the event. Please RSVP at the link below.

Event Details

This event is part of a global celebration held to honor the legacy of Martin Gardner, a popular American writer who pioneered the field of recreational mathematics, and who wrote about mathematical connections in art, magic, music, puzzles and games.

The program consists of short talks in recreational mathematics, magic, art and puzzles presented in Cubberley Auditorium (directions and parking information below), followed by engaging activities in the Cubberley Lobby.


  • John Edmark, Artist 
  • Ravi Fernando, Cuber and Juggler
  • Lucas Garron, Speed Cuber
  • Melinda Green, Puzzle Designer
  • Andrea Hawksley, Mathematical Artist
  • Scott Kim, Puzzle Master
  • Alexa Meade, Artist
  • Mark  Mitton, Magician
  • Hector Rosario, Julia Robinson Math Festival
  • Henry Segerman, Mathematician and Artist
  • Scott Vorthmann, Zometool Expert, Creater of vZome
  • Sydney Weaver, Speed Cuber
  • Stacy Speyer, Cube Workshop

About Celebration of Mind

Martin Gardner is known for inspirational writing in mathematics and science, as well as for the classic Lewis Carroll reference The Annotated Alice. His column, Mathematical Games, ran in Scientific American from the 1950s through the 1980s, and inspired many people through the intersections of mathematics with art, music, puzzles, and games. Even those who don’t recognize his name may be familiar with ideas he helped popularize, from the work of M.C. Escher to flexagons and Conway's Game of Life. In order to commemorate his accomplishments and spirit, Celebrations of Mind events are held all across the globe, often on or around Gardner's birthday, October 21. 

This event is co-sponsored by Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies and the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, and is organized by Stan Isaacs and Rick Sommer.

Watch Last Year's Event

2018 Celebration of Mind at Stanford

Enjoy a recording of the full 2018 event.

Directions and Parking

Cubberly Map
Cubberley Auditorium is located just off the main Quad, in the School of Education,
next to the clock tower at the intersection Escondido Mall and Lasuen Mall. Parking is free on campus on weekends. Park either on the main Oval, or the Memorial Lot just north of the Memorial Hall on Memorial Way, or South of the campus union at Mayfield Ave.

Stanford Continuing Studies

In addition to this Celebration of Mind at Stanford event, targeting people of all ages, there will also be an evening event sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies, featuring Mark Mitton, Alexa Meade, and Henry Segerman

To learn more about the Stanford Continuing Studies event, please visit: