How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

[Speaker: Jordan Ellenberg] Math-whiz Jordan Ellenberg believes that math is not confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do; the whole world is shot through with it. He argues that math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It is a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted. Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. Math, as Ellenberg says, is "an atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength." With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, more meaningful way.

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How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

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[Speaker: Jordan Ellenberg] Math-whiz Jordan Ellenberg believes that math is not confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do; the whole world is shot through with it. He argues that math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It is a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted. Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. Math, as Ellenberg says, is "an atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength." With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, more meaningful way.
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  1. How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

    Slide 3 - How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

    • By Jordan Ellenberg
    • June 18, 2014
    • Microsoft Visiting Speakers Series
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    • By Jordan Ellenberg
    • June 18, 2014
    • Microsoft Visiting Speakers Series
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    Slide 11 - How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

    • By Jordan Ellenberg
    • June 18, 2014
    • Microsoft Visiting Speakers Series
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    Slide 15 - How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

    • By Jordan Ellenberg
    • June 18, 2014
    • Microsoft Visiting Speakers Series
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    Slide 19 - How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

    • By Jordan Ellenberg
    • June 18, 2014
    • Microsoft Visiting Speakers Series
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    • By Jordan Ellenberg
    • June 18, 2014
    • Microsoft Visiting Speakers Series