June 11, 2021

LIVE ONLINE: Wednesday, June 16 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents mathematician and best-selling author Jordan Ellenberg and “Shape,” FREE!

Secret Science Club presents Mathematician & Best-selling Author Jordan Ellenberg on Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else

Join us live via Zoom on Wednesday, June 16 @ 8PM (Eastern Time USA) "Doors" open at 7:30PM 

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The word “geometry” comes from Ancient Greek and means “measuring the world.” If anything, that’s an undersell. Geometry doesn’t just measure the world—it explains it.

At the next Secret Science Club, mathematician Jordan Ellenberg—the bestselling author of Shape and How Not to Be Wrong—embarks on a far-ranging exploration of the power of geometry, which turns out to help us all think better about practically everything. He asks:

--How should a democracy choose its representatives?
--How can you stop a pandemic from sweeping the world?
--How do computers learn to play Go, and why is Go so much easier for them to learn than learning to read a sentence?
--Can the “golden ratio” predict the stock market? (Sorry, no.)
--What should your kids learn in school if they really want to learn to think?

Before & After

--Mix up our strangely shaped cocktail of the night, the ”Rumboid”… (recipe below!)
--Groove to ever-expanding, multi-dimensional tunes
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag a copy of Jordan Ellenberg’s new book, Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else here or wherever you buy books!

Jordan Ellenberg is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of How Not to Be Wrong and the just-published book Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else. His writings have appeared in Slate, Wired, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and the Believer.

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Cocktail Recipe for the “Rumboid” (created by Joe Cacciola/Mixologist)
Ingredients: 1½ oz White Rum, ¾ oz Honey Cinnamon Syrup**, 3 oz Banana Juice (LoĆ³za brand), and Mint Sprig for garnish
- Pour all ingredients into a shaker glass with ice and shake well
- Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice
- Garnish with a mint sprig
**Honey Cinnamon Syrup Recipe
- Mix 3 tbsp of honey, 5 oz of water, and ½ tsp of ground cinnamon in a saucepan. Heat until the honey melts and combines with the water. Simmer for 5 minutes while stirring. Let it cool then pour into a jar.(It will keep in the refrigerator for two weeks.)

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.