Tom Rodgers hosts an event during the G4G at his beautiful Japanese-style home. This is one of my favourite events because you have the chance to meet new people as well as spend time talking with old friends. Also, Tom’s property is a mathematics sculpture wonderland. Before we all boarded the buses to Tom’s house, there were talks by the artists responsible for the sculptures. Organized by THE George Hart, these talks were fascinating as you realize all the thinking that goes into each beautiful sculpture.
When you get to Tom’s the first thing that happens is that people begin to build some of the new sculptures in teams.
This Gathering I had the opportunity to talk with John Conway quite a bit. This was fun. He’s a brilliant man. Here are some of my favourite shots of him. He had his son Gareth with him. Also, Siobhan Roberts accompanied him as she is currently writing his biography.
G4G9 participants are so talented! One of my favourite memories is from an impromtu singing jam. Adam Brooks who I met for the first time this year is a very talented musician and singer. Next thing I knew, we were all gathered around the piano singing any and all songs we could think of. Myself, Adam, Colin Wright, Chris Morgan, Gary Foshee, Vi Hart, Erik Demaine, Paul Ottaway, Nicholas Cravotta, Jillian Hinchliffe and others were belting out tunes until around 2 am. So much fun!
I will have to give Martin (Gardner) my blog address so he can read all about it. When I visit him I will bring him photos as well as many cards that I collected during the Gathering of peoples best wishes. I did this also from the last Gathering and he was so touched. He has treasured the album. Mainly I want him to know how much he inspires people. He is ever so humble when he is given accolades however he deserves every one. We love you Martin!