Meet the Author:

A chat with Jordan Ellenberg about
his new book,

Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else

Tuesday, June 8 at 6:30 pm ET (New York)

Free to members!

How should a democracy choose its representatives?  How can you stop a pandemic from sweeping the world?  How do computers learn to play chess, and why is learning chess so much easier for them than learning to read a sentence?  Can ancient Greek proportions predict the stock market?  (Sorry, no.)  What should your kids learn in school if they really want to learn to think?  All these are questions about geometry.

Shape reveals the geometry underneath some of the most important scientific, political, and philosophical problems we face.  Geometry asks: where are things?  Which things are near each other?  How can you get from one thing to another thing?  Those are important questions.  The word "geometry," from the Greek, has the rather grand meaning of "measuring the world."  If anything, that's an undersell.  Geometry doesn't just measure the world — it explains it.  Shape shows us how.

Jordan Ellenberg is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His writing has appeared in Slate, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and the Believer.

Jordan Ellenberg's new book Shape will be available for pre-order from Additions, the shop at MoMath!  Purchase your book from MoMath before the event, attend the event, and receive a signed bookplate affixed inside, personally autographed by Jordan Ellenberg.

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

June 8, 2021 6:30 pm   through   7:30 pm
MoMath Online
United States
Phone: 212-542-0566
Event Fee(s)
Free for MoMath members $ 0.00
Free for families with financial need $ 0.00
Event fee $ 15.00
Event fee plus $15 donation to support families in need $ 30.00