5 speakers 15 minutes each

Alex Bellos

The World’s Favourite Numbers

Alex Bellos, author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland, describes his quest to bring mathematics to the people by any means possible. In a wide-ranging talk which skips from Kilburn to India, via Arizona, Bellos reveals the mathematical principles that underpin the most unexpected aspects of modern-day life. He demonstrates how sports punditry is “basically a delusion” by recounting his meticulous daily experiments with bread-weighing, reveals the relationship between the work of Pythagoras and Puff Daddy’s identity crisis, and illustrates how a numerically-defined ‘golden ratio’ forms the basis for contemporary conceptions of beauty.

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