Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Seminar

Title: The Card Game Set

Speaker: Diane Maclagan, Rutgers University

Date: June 14, 2005 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Location: DIMACS Center, CoRE Bldg, Room 301, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


SET is an extremely addictive, fast-paced card game found in toy stores nationwide. Although children often beat adults, the game has a rich mathematical structure linking it to the combinatorics of finite affine and projective spaces and the theory of error-correcting codes. In this talk I will introduce this mathematics behind SET. I won't assume familiarity with the game, but anyone wanting to be more prepared could look at the game's webpage: