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Math Encounters — Online:

"What's the Point: Why Math Really Matters"
with Nira Chamberlain

Wednesday, October 7 at 4:00 pm ET (New York)

All around the world, children and even some adults ask the question: “What is the point of mathematics?”  The field of mathematical modeling not only helps answer this question, it can even help quench the human thirst for knowledge.  Join Dr. Nira Chamberlain, Chartered Mathematician, Chartered Scientist, and President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (United Kingdom) as he shares applications of mathematical modeling, from serious to fun.  From the edge of our solar system to battling an artificial intelligence takeover, we will see the point of mathematics after all.

Special introduction by Evelyn Lamb, math and science writer.

To fully participate, please have the following materials handy: 

  • Deck of cards
  • Calculator with a random number generator functionality (e.g., a calculator app with a RAND function) or this digital calculator
    • To use the digital calculator, press the button "Get Fractions" and then press the "Again" button on the next page to generate more random numbers.
  • Paper
  • Pencil

This is a live-streamed event.  Occasional video recordings are made available for a fee at

This page is for the 4:00 pm ET (New York) session.  Click here to register for the 7:00 pm ET (New York) session instead.

By registering for a Math Encounters presentation, you agree that you may be photographed or videotaped by Museum staff and associates.

Math Encounters is MoMath’s popular free public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics, produced with support from the Simons Foundation.

For further information, call the National Museum of Mathematics at 212-542-0566 or email

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October 7th, 2020 from  4:00 pm to  5:30 pm
MoMath Online
United States