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Town Hall Seattle: Science Series

The Science series presents cutting-edge research about biology, physics, chemistry, ecology, geology, astronomy, and more. These events appeal to many different levels of expertise, from grade school students to career scientists. With a range of relevant applications, including medicine, the environment, and technology, this series expands our thinking and our possibilities.

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Town Hall is a gathering place where ideas are planted and movements grow. It’s where we come together as a community to listen and be heard—to ask and answer the big questions facing our city and our world. Annually, we present hundreds of artists and scholars, and collaborate with more than 150 grassroots groups in our self-produced programs. Rooted in the belief that we all deserve a voice, our programming reflects—and inspires—our region's best impulses: creativity, empathy, and innovation. With our podcast series, we take one more step towards making our programming accessible to all. 

Jul 17, 2017

Eugenia Cheng is Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sheffield. As one of few women in her field, Cheng aims to reach a wide audience about all things math and dispel the phobia that many people feel regarding the subject. Her popular Youtube videos explaining a variety of math topics have been viewed more than 700,000 times. In Beyond Infinity, Cheng takes readers on an entertaining journey from math at its most elemental to its loftiest abstractions. Along the way she considers questions like why some numbers are uncountable or why infinity plus one is not the same as one plus infinity. Weaving in her expertise as a chef, she offers some surprising scenarios: planning a dinner party for 7 billion people using a chessboard, making a chicken-sandwich sandwich, and creating infinite cookies from a finite ball of dough. With accessibility and entertainment as her primary goals, Cheng provides a rich—and relevant—recipe for learning math.

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Recorded live at Town Hall Seattle Thursday, March 30, 2017