Win a pair of golden tickets to see the 2019 CHRISTMAS LECTURES live

Enter our raffle for your chance to win one of six pairs of tickets for this year's CHRISTMAS LECTURES with Hannah Fry.

Golden Ticket Raffle

Enter our raffle between Monday 4 November and Thursday 28 November for the chance to win a pair of Golden Tickets for the 2019 CHRISTMAS LECTURES: Secrets and lies with Hannah Fry.

The CHRISTMAS LECTURES will be taking place on Thursday 12, Saturday 14 and Tuesday 17 December 2019.

By buying a raffle ticket you are entering the raffle for a chance to win one of six pairs of tickets.

This raffle is run in support of the wonderful charitable education work that the Ri undertakes all year-round. The Ri’s charitable purpose is to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to think more deeply about the wonders and applications of science.

Enter The CHRISTMAS LECTURES Golden Ticket raffle here

The prizes

1st Prize

Win one of six pairs of Golden Tickets for one of this year’s CHRISTMAS LECTURES* for you and a guest of your choice**. Winners will also gain behind-the-scenes access to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES with a tour and get to choose their own seats***.

* The live filmings will take place on Thursday 12, Saturday 14 and Tuesday 17 December 2019.

** Children must be between 11–17 years old on the day of attendance to be in the audience. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

*** Adults sit in the gallery, separate to children who sit in the main auditorium of the theatre.

2nd Prize

Win one of six pairs of tickets to attend a Discourse with a speaker's reception or a Family Fun Day.

3rd Prize

Win one of six pairs of tickets to attend one of our public programme events.

How to Enter

You can enter the CHRISTMAS LECTURES Golden Ticket Raffle here.

Enter the raffle for the lecture on Thursday 12 December here.

Enter the raffle for the lecture on Saturday 14 December here.

Enter the raflle for the lecture Tuesday 17 December here.

The Golden Ticket Raffle is hosted on Givergy.

About this year's Lectures

We think our lives unfold thanks to a mix of luck and our own personal choices. But that’s not quite true. An unseen layer of mathematics governs every aspect of our world.

Life’s most astonishing miracles can be understood with probability. Big data dictates many of the hot new fashions we follow. Even our choices on Netflix, or our choice of who we marry, is secretly influenced by computer algorithms.

In a series of lectures packed with mind-boggling demos and live experiments, Hannah shows us how to decode life’s hidden numbers; to help us all make better choices, sort fact from fiction, and lead happier lives. But she also warns how our unwavering faith in figures can lead to disaster when we get the sums wrong.

Unravelling suspicious statistics, engineering meltdowns and deadly data, Hannah asks big ethical questions about the trust we place in maths today. Are there any problems maths can’t or shouldn’t solve? Do computer algorithms have too much control over our lives and privacy? Could A.I. decide if someone lives or dies?

Ultimately, by probing the limits of maths and its role in our modern world, Hannah ends up revealing and celebrating what makes our human minds so unique.

In Lecture one (Thursday 12 December), Hannah seeks to find the luckiest member of the audience. It seems a sensible plan. The biggest events in your life – finding the perfect partner or a job, staying healthy and happy – rely on a huge element of luck. Or does probability allow us to understand and predict complex systems?

In Lecture two (Saturday 14 December), we see how ‘chaining probabilities together’ help us to understand even more complex systems. Through entertaining examples, Hannah shows how data-gobbling algorithms have taken over our lives and now control almost everything we do without us even realising.

In Lecture three (Tuesday 17 December), Hannah looks at why maths can fail and asks what the limits of maths are. Are there problems maths can’t or shouldn’t solve? And in an age where ‘fake news’ abounds and statistics can be twisted to prove anything, should we always trust in numbers? 

Terms and conditions

Please read the full terms and conditions before entering.

Why support us

This raffle is run in support of the charitable education work that the Ri undertakes all year-round.

Our vision is to inspire everyone to think more deeply about science and its place in our lives.

Building on our heritage, our mission is to create opportunities for everyone to discover, discuss and critically examine science and how it shapes the world around us.

All money raised from the CHRISTMAS LECTURES raffle will help fund our growing repertoire of events and activities, such as the immersive Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Masterclassespublic talks, the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre and of course, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

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