Prof. Emo Welzl and Prof. Bernd Gärtner
|Mittagsseminar Talk Information|
Date and Time: Thursday, November 01, 2007, 12:15 pm
Duration: This information is not available in the database
Location: CAB G51
Speaker: Gabriel Katz
Jenga is a popular block game played by two players. Each player in her turn has to remove a block from a stack, without toppling the stack, and then add it the top of the stack. We analyze the game mathematically and describe the optimal strategies of both players. We show that 'physics', that seems to play a dominant role in this game, does not really add much to the complexity of the (idealized) game, and that Jenga is, in fact, a Nim-like game. In particular, we show that a game that starts with n full layers of blocks is a win for the first player if and only if n=2 of n \equiv 1, 2 (mod 3) and n \geq 4. We also suggest some several natural extensions of the game.
Paper by Uri Zwick, Proceedings of the thirteenth annual ACM-SIAM symposium on Discrete algorithms, SODA'02, 243-246, (2002).
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