Fri, 11 June 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

The Hidden Geometry of Absolutely Everything

Jordan Ellenberg

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How should a democracy choose its representatives? How can you stop a pandemic from sweeping the world? How do computers learn to play chess? The answers to all these questions can be found in geometry.

The word ‘geometry,’ from the Greek, means ‘measuring the world.’ But geometry doesn’t just measure the world – it explains it. In this whip-smart exploration of the modern discipline, mathematician Jordan Ellenberg will show us how.

If you’re like most people, geometry is a dimly-remembered exercise, handed down from the ancients, that you gladly left behind in school. It seemed to be a tortuous way of proving some fact about triangles that was obvious to you in the first place. But that tiny part of geometry has as much to do with he fast-moving modern discipline as conjugating a verb has to do with a great novel.

In this livestream event, Sunday Times-bestselling author Jordan Ellenberg will reveal the geometry underneath some of the most important scientific, political, and philosophical problems we face, from the spread of coronavirus to rise of machine learning.

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Jordan Ellenberg

Professor of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin

Jordan Ellenberg is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, and the Sunday Times-bestselling author of How Not to Be Wrong, as well as an award-winning novel, The Grasshopper King. He has lectured around the world on his research in number theory, and writes regularly for The New York Times, Washington Post and Wired.