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Mathematics Christmas Lecture with Johnny Ball

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START DATE 11 December 2018
START TIME 02:00pm

HG19 Hatchcroft Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT

END DATE 11 December 2018
END TIME 04:00pm

The popular childrens' TV presenter will talk about the history and influence of maths through the ages

This year's Mathematics Christmas Lecture is given by Johnny Ball. He will talk about the influence of mathematics over the centuries from Egyptian and ancient Greek mathematics up to the modern day. He will be available to sign copies of his new book Wonders Beyond Numbers - A Brief History of All Things Mathematical after the talk.

In this year’s lecture Johnny Ball will talk about how maths and mathematicians have influenced the world around us for centuries. Johnny will recount being shown Russian Multiplication when he was 7 years old in a pub, and explains how it links directly to ancient Egyptian Maths and the Binary System which empowers all our communications devices today.

He will mention Aristotle, Hippocrates (but not the Medic) who has been totally missed by a whole swathe of Maths academics, but who was more important than Euclid. The lecture will feature maths from Central America, China and India where empowering calculation ideas were born, but are usually missed or ignored in education today. He will also talk about Columbus, Brunelleschi, Da Vinci and Galileo, and finish with Newton and his legacy.

Johnny Ball has been promoting mathematics, science and technology to people of all ages since the 1970s. Back in 1977 when he suggested doing a children’s TV show based on Maths his TV producers were amazed. They said okay and Think of a Number was born and immediately won a BAFTA as Best Children’s Factual Show 1978. Johnny went on to write and present 20 series of factual information shows, winning awards around the world. He also wrote and produced 5 educational Stage Musicals which toured major UK theatres between 1993 and 2003. In 2018 he published Wonders Beyond Numbers - A Brief History of All Things Mathematical and this talk coincides with the paperback release in February 2019.

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