Moody Lecture: Matt Parker, Comedian + Mathematician

February 20, 2019 Add to Calendar

7–8:30 p.m.


Shanahan Center, Auditorium
320 E. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711


In addition to contemplating math in our everyday lives, Matt Parker will discuss his latest book Humble Pi, which explores what happens when mathematics goes wrong in the real world. Parker explores and explains a litany of near-misses and mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries and the Roman empire and shows us the bizarre ways math trips us all up, and what this reveals about its essential place in our world. We would all be better off, he argues, if we saw math as a practical ally so we can use it to our advantage and learn from its pitfalls.

Matt Parker appears regularly on TV and online as well as being a presenter on the Discovery Channel. His YouTube videos have been viewed over 25 million times. Previously a math teacher, he visits schools to talk to students about mathematics as part of Think Maths and is involved in the Maths Inspiration shows. As part of the comedy group Festival of the Spoken Nerd, he has toured worldwide and is the first person to use an overhead projector on-stage at the Hammersmith Apollo since Pink Floyd. Parker, the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, is author of the books Things To Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension (Penguin, 2014) and Humble Pi, due for release this July.