ESP Biography
BENJAMIN COSMAN, ESP Teacher
Major: Computer Science College/Employer: UCSD Year of Graduation: 2019 

Brief Biographical Sketch:
Not Available. Past Classes(Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)M11150: Voting Theory (or, How the Election SHOULD Have Worked) in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19  20, 2016)
I don't know who the 45th president is, but I do know that there are much better ways we could have chosen one: we're flying halfblind by having voters only vote for one candidate. In this class we will discover and compare the better voting systems that are possible when voters rank ALL the candidates.
W11151: Play Codenames! in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19  20, 2016)
Learn and play Codenames, a board game about finding and solving clever links between words. It's short and you can drop in or out any time.
M11152: Unrelated Math I in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19  20, 2016)
35 minilectures with no unifying theme. Possible questions include:
 How many bears can you run away from forever?
 How can electrons prove inequalities for us?
 Why is traffic so bad on your favorite roads?
 Are there theorems that are true but can't be proven?
 How can physics prove the Pythagorean Theorem?
M11153: Unrelated Math II in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19  20, 2016)
Same idea as Unrelated Math I (M11152) except the topics will be  you guessed it  totally unrelated! So sign up for either or both of these; there will be no overlap between the two.
C11154: The Halting Problem, and other problems computers can NEVER solve in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19  20, 2016)
Some problems aren't just difficult for computers, they're impossible! Starting only with simple assumptions about what computer programs can do, we'll show that you can't reliably detect when a program has an infinite loop. Using that we'll prove Rice's Theorem, a shockingly powerful statement about the impossibility of many problems we might like to solve.
M7813: Voting Theory in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23  24, 2013)
In the standard "Plurality" voting system, we ignore a lot of useful information by only asking voters to pick their favorite candidate. In this class we will compare the other voting systems that become possible if voters supply more information.
M7814: Unrelated Math Things That Are Too Short To Be Separate Classes in Splash! 2013 (Nov. 23  24, 2013)
Might include:
 A short 'proof' of Godel's Incompleteness Theorems
 An application of the BuckinghamPi Theorem to right triangles
 A proof using wires and resistors of a standard inequality
 The number of bears it takes to catch you in a circular arena
 The number of bears it takes to catch you on the Sierpinski Triangle
 Whatever else I come up with and have time for
