Professor Jerzy Pogonowski of Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań visited Opole on 14 May 2013, in connection with regular meetings organized by the Opole Group of Logic, Language and Information. He delivered his lecture entitled Funny puzzles. Professor Pogonowski’s stay was co-organized by the Group functioning at Opole University and the Institute of Philosophy of Opole University. The lecture was held in Aula A of the main building of the University at Oleska Street. It was of the open character, that is there were also students of secondary schools of Opole taking part in it.
At the beginning of the meeting, Professor Urszula Wybraniec-Skardowska welcomed the lecturer of the day and the guests who came to participate in the lecture. Professor Janusz Czelakowski presented the scientific silhouette of the lecturer. Next, Professor Pogonowski delivered his lecture to the gathered audience, illustrating it with a number of slides.
During the lecture, there were presented mathematical and logical riddles, which – on the one hand – are meant to pose a peculiar challenge to our intuition, taking into account its strengths (or weaknesses), and – on the other – they are to form cognitive needs and put it into the state of being interested in the very mathematics itself. The above-mentioned riddles should offer encouragement to the student who – through the right solving of them – becomes familiar with the “Queen of Sciences” and simultaneously creates internal motivation for individual searching for further intellectual adventures.
The lecture was followed by an interesting discussion, during which some topics were raised, which were directly and indirectly connected with the lecture, among others, ones relating to teaching of mathematics in secondary schools.