21st June | Eugenia Cheng: Is Maths Real?

[Ticketed event – free, with optional donation]

On Wednesday 21st June PubSci is delighted to welcome the extraordinary mathematician, Dr Eugenia Cheng, whose talks and books bring maths to life in unexpected, powerful, even life-affirming ways. Reserve your place now.

Book Cover of Is MAths Real by Eugenia Cheng

On a mission to rid the world of maths phobia, Eugenia presents maths as you’ve never seen it before, revealing how profound insights can emerge from seemingly unlikely sources.

Want to learn maths while cooking food? Eugenia wrote a book about that.

Could maths could help us see the world more clearly and make a case for justice and human rights? Eugenia covers that.

Ever thought maths was hard, obscure, or simply not for you…? Eugenia is the person who can, and probably will, change your mind.

Eugenia Cheng makes the case for maths emerging from normal human curiosity, and shows that being the kid who asked “But, why does 1+1=2?” could be more important than being the kid who always got the right answers.

US-based Dr Cheng is curently promoting her latest book, “Is Maths Real?  How Simple Questions Lead Us to Mathematics’ Deepest Truths” and we’re delighted to be included in her UK tour. June’s PubSci offers a unique opportunity to hear the celebrated mathematician in the intimate surroundings of a London pub. Don’t miss this chance to see maths in a wholly new way!

“Is Maths Real?” is published by Profile Books on 1st June. Copies will be on sale on the night.

Join us upstairs at the Old King’s Head, near London Bridge station for an extraordinary evening of discovery and wonder. We anticipate a large turnout for this event and are using Eventbrite to manage numbers. Please Reserve your spot ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. The Old King’s Head has a happy hour before 7, and the kitchen serves excellent pub grub. The nearest tube station is London Bridge (Borough High St. exit).

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Dr Eugenia Cheng holds a bagel and a slinky

Eugenia Cheng is a British-born mathematician, author, public speaker, columnist, concert pianist, composer and artist who wants to rid the world of ‘maths phobia’.

As a mathematician, Eugenia’s field is Category Theory – the study of connections between things – which she encountered at Cambridge University where she received her PhD.

Her acclaimed books for a general audience include “How to Bake Pi”, “Beyond Infinity”, “The Art of Logic”, “x+y: A Mathematician’s Manifesto for Rethinking Gender”, and “The Joy of Abstraction: An Exploration of Math, Category theory, and Life”. She has written two children’s books, “Molly and the Mathematical Mysteries” and “Bake Infinite Pie with x+y“.

Dr Cheng is Scientist In Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, won tenure in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield and is Honorary Visiting Fellow at City, University of London.

She also writes the Everyday Math column for the Wall Street Journal and has completed mathematical art commissions for hotels and cultural spaces in the USA. She has been a guest on BBC Radio 4’s More or Less with Tim Harford and The Life Scientific with Jim Al-Khalili, as well as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the USA.

Eugenia’s YouTube videos have been viewed almost 15 million times.

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The Old King’s Head (upstairs room)
King’s Head Yard
45-49 Borough High Street
London SE1 1NA