How not to be wrong: The power of mathematical thinking

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Monday 1 June

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • How not to be wrong book cover

    Credit: Penguin books

Price

Standard £12

Concession £8

Associate £6

Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

The maths we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. Jordan Ellenberg will show us how wrong this view is: Maths touches everything we do, allowing us to see the hidden structures beneath the messy and chaotic surface of our daily lives. Maths is the a science of not being wrong, worked out through centuries of hard work and argument.

About the speaker

Jordan Ellenberg  is a professor of Mathematics at University of Wisconsin, and the 'Do the Math' columnist at Slate. His book 'How not to be wrong: The hidden mathematics of everyday life' will be published in June.

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