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Volumes, the MoMath book club

Hosted by Ingrid Daubechies
with author David S. Richeson

A discussion of

Tales of Impossibility: The 2000-Year Quest to Solve the Mathematical Problems of Antiquity

Monday, February 12
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm ET


Love mathematics and books?  Looking for a stimulating and fun discussion?  Volumes, the MoMath book club, is just the thing for you.  This discussion group is designed especially for those interested in mathematics and science and how they affect our lives.  No prior math or science background is necessary.

Join MoMath's Distinguished Visiting Professor Ingrid Daubechies as she welcomes David S. Richeson for an engaging conversation about their book, Tales of Impossibility: The 2000-Year Quest to Solve the Mathematical Problems of Antiquity.

Tales of Impossibility recounts the intriguing story of the so — called problems of antiquity, four of the most famous and studied questions in the history of mathematics. First posed by the ancient Greeks, these compass and straightedge problems — squaring the circle, trisecting an angle, doubling the cube, and inscribing regular polygons in a circle — have served as ever — present muses for mathematicians for more than two millennia.  David Richeson follows the trail of these problems to show that ultimately, their proofs — demonstrating the impossibility of solving them using only a compass and straightedge — depended upon and resulted in the growth of mathematics.

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February 12th, 2024 from  6:30 pm to  7:30 pm
United States
Event Fee(s)
Event fee optional $0.00
Event fee $15.00
Event fee plus $15 donation to support families in need $30.00