Matt Parker

In Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World (Riverhead), YouTuber and “stand up mathematician” Matt Parker has written a book-length answer to anyone who ever put their hand up in math class and asked, “When am I ever going to use this in the real world?” Exploring and explaining a litany of glitches, near-misses and mathematical mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman Empire, and an Olympic team, Parker uncovers the bizarre ways math trips us up, and what this reveals about its essential place in our world. Getting it wrong has never been more fun; Parker’s humorous tone and real-world takeaways have transfixed readers—and even us publishing math-phobes were in stitches and awe of the pervasiveness of math (and numerical blunders) around us.

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ISBN: 9780593084687
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - January 21st, 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 2:00pm
Town Hall Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, WA 98101