The art of logic: how to think like a mathematician

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Monday 2 July

The Theatre

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    Eugenia Cheng

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Price

Standard £16

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Concession £10

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Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

For thousands of years, mathematicians have used the timeless art of logic to see the world more clearly. Today, truth is buried under soundbites and spin, and seeing clearly is more important than ever. In this talk, Eugenia Cheng will show how anyone can think like a mathematician to understand what people are really telling us – and how we can argue back. Taking a careful scalpel to politics, privilege, sexism and dozens of other real-world situations, she will teach us how to find clarity without losing nuance.

About the speaker

Eugenia Cheng is Scientist In Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She won tenure in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield, UK, where she is now Honorary Fellow. She has previously taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago and Nice and holds a PhD in pure mathematics from the University of Cambridge. Alongside her research in Category Theory and undergraduate teaching, her aim is to rid the world of “math phobia”. Her first popular math book, How to Bake Pi, was published by Basic Books in 2015 to widespread acclaim including from the New York TimesNational GeographicScientific American, and she was interviewed around the world including on the BBC, NPR and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Her second book, Beyond Infinity, was shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize.

The event will be introduced by Bobby Seagull. Bobby is well-known from his appearances on BBC2's University Challenge. He is a maths teacher & Doctorate student whose mission is to spread the love of maths.

Timing

The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of Eugenia's book, 'The Art of Logic', will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

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