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Town Hall Seattle: Science Series

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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