Math Encounters:

"The Structure of Space: Measuring the Shape of the Universe" with David Spergel

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

In person!

Is the universe infinite or finite?  Will it expand forever or collapse in a hot Big Crunch?  And what is its shape?  Join David Spergel, Director of the Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, as he introduces geometry and topology, the mathematical concepts used to answer these questions.  Learn how observations of the microwave background (the leftover heat from the Big Bang) have revealed the universe’s shape and can help predict its destiny.

Special introduction by Janna Levin, Claire Tow Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University.

This event will take place in person at MoMath at 11 East 26th Street.

Space for in-person registration is limited due to social distancing restrictions, so register early.  All in-person seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proof of full vaccination (i.e., two weeks after final vaccine shot) is required.  Masks are required.  Please arrive 15 to 30 minutes before the event to complete registration and verify vaccination status.  The preferred form of proof is the Excelsior app and a photo ID; we will also accept a vaccination card showing name and date along with your photo ID.

This event is free, but a $25 donation will help MoMath defray reopening costs as patrons are welcomed back to the physical Museum.

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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July 7, 2021 4:00 pm   through   5:30 pm
National Museum of Mathematics
11 E. 26th St.
New York, NY 10010
United States
Phone: 212-542-0566

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