The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) community lecture, “The Unlikely Power of Uncertainty and Contradiction” with Jordan Ellenberg is 7:30 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 18, at The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
Math is often thought of as a discipline of certainty and consistency — of black and white, zeroes and ones. In reality, mathematics is full of uncertainty and contradiction. Jordan Ellenberg discusses how this gray area offers powerful tools for thinking about the seemingly non-mathematical matters that dominate our lives. Using wide-ranging examples — disease modeling, Nate Silver, irrational numbers, and Theodore Roosevelt, to name a few — Ellenberg will reveal math’s hidden powers.
Jordan Ellenberg is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in 2015 was named a Guggenheim Fellow. His work has been featured in major newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal,Washington Post, and Boston Globe, and he has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered. Ellenberg’s 2014 book How Not to be Wrong was a New York Times bestseller, and his novel, The Grasshopper King, was a finalist for the 2004 Young Lions Fiction Award.
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