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Humble Pi

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


When Maths goes wrong

A Royal Institution lecture by Matt Parker

Most of the time, the maths in our everyday lives works quietly behind the scenes, until someone forgets to carry a ‘1’ and a bridge collapses or a plane drops out of the sky.

Join Matt Parker to explore the bizarre ways maths can trip us up, and what this reveals about its essential place in our world. Exploring and explaining a litany of near-misses and mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries and the Roman empire, Matt Parker shows us the bizarre ways maths trips us all up, and what this reveals about its essential place in our world. Mathematics doesn’t have good ‘people skills’, but we would all be better off, he argues, if we saw it as a practical ally. By making maths our friend, we can use it to our advantage and learn from its pitfalls. This comedy of errors is a brilliantly told series of disaster stories with a happy ending.

Matt Parker is a stand-up comedian and mathematician. He appears regularly on TV and online: as well as being a presenter on the Discovery Channel his YouTube videos have been viewed over 37 million times.

The doors will open at approximately 5.30pm, with a prompt start at 6.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Tickets £16.00 / concessions £10.00

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March 1
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


The Royal Institution


The Royal Institution
21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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