Events

Steven Strogatz – Hay Festival

Hay-on-Wye

May 26, 2019

11.30am

Steven Strogatz will be at the Hay Festival discussing his book, Infinite Powers.

Without calculus, we wouldn’t have mobile phones, TV, GPS or ultrasound; we wouldn’t have unravelled DNA or discovered Neptune or figured out how to put 5,000 songs in our pocket. Though many of us were scared away from this essential, engrossing subject in high school, Strogatz’s brilliantly creative, down-to-earth history shows that calculus is not about complexity, it’s about simplicity. It harnesses an unreal number – infinity – to tackle real-world problems, breaking them down into easier ones and then reassembling the answers into solutions that feel miraculous. Strogatz is Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University.

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Location

Oxfam Moot
Hay Festival
33 Brecon Rd
Hay-on-Wye
Hereford
HR3 5PJ