*Math Encounters*:

*Math Encounters*:

**"Optimal Tours: The Traveling Salesman Problem" with Bill Cook**

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

**Live-streamed**

Is it possible to compute the shortest route through a large number of stops? It sounds simple, but finding a method that can do this quickly for every example would be a stunning breakthrough in mathematics — and would earn you a million-dollar prize. Join mathematician Bill Cook as we explore the history and applications of this fascinating challenge, and examine state-of-the-art approaches to solving it.

Special introduction by Alex Kontorovich, MoMath’s 2020-2021 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics and Rutgers math professor.

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

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

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*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 mathencounters@momath.org.

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