TUE 8 OCT: MATT PARKER

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Matt Parker: hUMBLE PI

MATT PARKER is a stand-up comedian and mathematician. He appears regularly on TV and online: as well as being a presenter on the Discovery Channel
his YouTube videos have been viewed over 85 million times.

Humble Pi explores the greatest mathematical near-misses and mishaps involving planes, bridges,
the internet, big data and more. Matt Parker shows us the bizarre ways maths trips us all up.

Being wrong has never felt so right:

  • - In 1983 a Canadian flight crew used pounds instead of kilograms and a plane took off with about half the fuel it needed, running out mid-flight.

  • In 2012 someone at JPMorgan Chase accidentally added two cells in a spreadsheet instead of taking their average and lost the company $2 billion USD.

  • The European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group estimates that 24% of all spreadsheets used in business contain a maths error.

  • 19.6% of genetic research crunched in Excel contains errors where a gene name has been accidentally auto-corrected into a date.

In 2018 Matt calculated the number pi live on-stage in front of a sold-out Royal Albert Hall using a real pie.

He is also the first person to use an overhead projector at the Hammersmith Apollo since Pink Floyd.

Suitable for ages 16+ 

"Hilarious ... very, very great at explaining
some pretty awesome things
"

vSAUCE

"Magician-like skills with tables of numbers"
THE LIST

"Even the terminally maths-phobic … will enjoy
mathematician Matt Parker’s enthused,
beaming delivery, as he makes maths challenges
and diagrams into something oddly beautiful
"

THREE WEEKS

 

ROYAL SPA CENTRE, NEWBOLD TERRACE, 8Pm. TICKETS £16.50 (£14.50 CONCS)