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The magic and mathematics of Sudoku explained

Sudokus are inescapable, what with their daily appearance in national broadsheets, dedicated web sites and much more. But what lies behind this mathematics puzzle that is proving so popular worldwide?

Dr Gautam Appa, reader in operational research at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), explains the magic and mathematics of Sudoku in a seminar at LSE on Tuesday 21 June.

Using common sense as well as Mathematical Programming and Combinatorics based tools, Dr Appa discusses how to solve them, set them, generalise them and much more besides.

Dr Appa's talk will draw from his research on Orthogonal Latin Squares. He concludes that: Solving Sudokus can eventually get tiresome, but the mathematical challenges are unending.

The Magic and Mathematics of Sudoku is on Tuesday 21 June at 6pm in Room S421, St Clement's Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London. This event is free and open to all.


To reserve a press seat for this seminar, please contact Brenda Mowlam, departmental manager, Department of Operational Systems, email: b.mowlam@lse.ac.uk| 

For more information on the seminar and the mathematics behind Sudoku, please contact Dr Gautam Appa, LSE Operational Research Department, tel: 020 7955 7632, email: g.appa@lse.ac.uk| 

7 June 2005