Saturday Science Exploration Series: Envy-Free Division


Location: 101 Jordan Hall of Science (View on map )

Envy-Free Division

November 10 (Florida State, 7:30 p.m. kickoff)
1 p.m.
101 Jordan Hall of Science

David Galvin, associate professor of mathematics

Can a group of friends cut up a cake, so that no one is envious of someone else's portion? Can three people who’ve just leased a three-bedroom apartment assign rooms and rent, so that no one feels like someone else has gotten a better deal? These questions have many hard-to-quantify factors. Learn an envy-free division process that’s easy to implement, and answers these and many related questions. It was discovered by Forest Simmons and Francis Su about 20 years ago, but has its roots in a 90-year-old result in topology.