5 speakers 15 minutes each

Wed 15th Mar 2017

Eugenia Cheng and Rick Edwards in conversation

Condé Nast College of Fashion

6.45pm

Rick Edwards

Rick Edwards

Rick Edwards is a broadcaster and writer. Rick began his career on the standup circuit after graduating with a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University. He now works as a journalist, presenter and screenwriter. Rick can currently be seen on BBC Three hosting Free Speech, the live current affairs debate show. He has also fronted a number of topical documentaries for the channel – including the highest rating documentary in BBC Three’s history, Oscar Pistorius – What Really Happened?

Rick was one of the key members of Channel 4’s Paralympic coverage, co-presenting The Paralympic Breakfast Show with Kelly Cates. His work on Free Speech led to Rick becoming more involved in youth engagement campaigning and he has also published None Of The Above, a book aimed at young people that describes the basics of the political process in the UK, gives an overview of the issues facing the country, and explains the power of your vote.

Rick has a monthly column in the Observer Magazine, and contributes regularly to the Evening Standard and Huffington Post. Amongst his other interests are the environment (he is a regular on the Observer Ethical Awards judging panel), mathematics (his mental arithmetic is impeccable), and snooker (highest break: 32).

Eugenia Cheng

Eugenia Cheng

Dr Eugenia Cheng is Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Honorary Fellow of the University of Sheffield and Honorary Visiting Fellow of City University, London. Previously she was a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Pure Mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sheffield, UK. She was educated at the University of Cambridge and has done post-doctoral work at the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago and Nice. Her research is in category theory. A concert pianist, she also speaks French, English and Cantonese, and her mission in life is to rid the world of maths phobia. Since 2007 her YouTube lectures and videos have been viewed over a million times. She is the author of the bestselling How to Bake Pi: Easy Recipes for Understanding Complex Maths, which has been translated into six languages so far. Her new book Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer-Limits of Mathematics will be published on 14th March 2017 (Pi Day!) by Profile Books in the UK.