Beijing's 2012 Martin Gardner Celebration of Mind was held on October 21, 2012. Around 120 puzzlers, recreational mathematicians, cubists, magicians and others attended this gathering. Many young people took part in organizing the event. Thanks to Liu Jiahao and Otis Cheng for taking these photos.
1. Organizing the Event
|Putting up the banner for Celebration of Mind|
|Fruits, snacks and water|
|Peter Rasmussen and Wei Zhang welcome everyone|
|Yu Junxiong talks about his visit with Martin Gardner in North Carolina after attending Gathering for Gardner in Atlanta in 2000|
|Wu Heling talks about his books on recreational math|
|Chen Danyang talks about attending the G4GX in Atlanta in 2012|
|Yao Changlong's talk is on topology|
|Chinese sudoku champion Chen Cen talks about sudoku in China and presents a hand-on example|
|Audience participates in sudoku|
|MC introduces 9-year-old cubist Wang Shufan|
|Father (Wang Xiaowei) and daughter (Wang Shufan) solving Rubik's Cube blindfold|
|Dong Baiqiang uses eight 5x5x5 and two 7x7x7 cubes to form "2012 G4G ♥ 马丁"|
|"2012 G4G ♥ 马丁" where 马丁 are the Chinese characters for Martin|
|Audience applause for the cubists|
|Magician Xu Qiu is the daughter of Fu Qifeng and Xu Zhuang, who attended G4G8 in Atlanta in 2008|
|Xu Qiu brings down the house with applause|
|Magician Li Zhongbao shows a traditional Chinese magic trick with cups and balls|
|Li Zhongbao's performance amuses "children" of all ages|
|We all love and enjoy magic!|
|California musician Adrienne Shamszad sings at the gathering|
|Mr. Li Hongkuan with his kaleidoscope creations|
|Mr. Feng Leyun demonstrates his hidden-burr animal shape puzzles|
|Mr. Yao Yuzhi solves his giant sliding block puzzle|
|"How can we help the jockey gallop on the horse?"|
|This giant nine linked rings puzzle needs many hands to solve it|
|Puzzles are fun for all ages!|
|Peter Rasmussen and Otis Cheng|
|Magician Xu Qiu with Yu Junxiong in the background|
|Posing in front of the sign|
|We all had a great time!|
Our thanks to all the volunteers who made this gathering possible!
Our thanks to Beijing Toy Association for it cooperation!
Our thanks to businesses that donated puzzles as souvenir gifts!
Our thanks to everyone who attended the gathering, especially to those who came from out of town!
We will meet again next year!