AIVC Event – Royal Institution : “X + Y – A Mathematics Way to Rethink Gender”

Basingstoke IVC Science Cafe invite you to this free Royal Institution talk titled “X + Y: A mathematician’s manifesto for rethinking gender”

From imaginary numbers to the fourth dimension and beyond, mathematics has always been about imagining impossible things. In this talk, Eugenia Cheng draws on the insights of higher-dimensional mathematics to reveal a transformative new way of talking about the patriarchy, mansplaining and sexism: a way that empowers all of us to make the world a better place.

Using precise mathematical reasoning to uncover everything from the sexist assumptions that make society a harder place for women to live to the limitations of science and statistics in helping us understand the link between gender and society, Cheng’s analysis replaces confusion with clarity, brings original thinking to well worn arguments – and provides a radical, illuminating and liberating new way of thinking about the world and women’s place in it.

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Eugenia Cheng is Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Honorary Visiting Fellow of City, University of London. Previously she was a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Pure Mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sheffield, UK. From September 2013 to December 2014 she was a visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago and has been based in Chicago ever since. Her research is in category theory, mostly higher-dimensional.

She is the author of the popular mathematics books ‘How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics’, ‘Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics’ and ‘The Art of Logic’.

Her latest book ‘x+y: A Mathematician’s Manifesto for Rethinking Gender’ is available now on Amazon and in all good book stores.

The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you miss the live stream, it will be available to watch on WebinarJam for the following 72 hours.

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November 10


07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

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