Math Encounters: "Math for Democracy: The Mathematics of Voting Redistricting" with Ben Blum-Smith (4:00 pm)

Since the earliest days of the Republic, lawmakers have drawn legislative districts to entrench their party's power — a practice known as gerrymandering, after Elbridge Gerry, the Massachusetts governor who signed a particularly partisan map into law in 1812. Math has made modern gerrymandering more effective than ever before, but math is now being used to fight gerrymandering as well. Join mathematician and educator Ben Blum-Smith and discover how recent advances in mathematics are being used to work for fairer elections.

Special introduction by Dan Zaharopol, Executive Director, The Art of Problem Solving Initiative & Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics.

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Light refreshments will be served after the 4:00 pm session and at 6:30 pm in advance of the second session.

Math Encounters is a public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics, presented by the Simons Foundation and the National Museum of Mathematics.

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Please note: this presentation is designed to be accessible and engaging to a general audience. As a rule of thumb, it would be best enjoyed by participants ages 12 and up.

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May 2nd, 2018 4:00 PM   through   5:30 PM
National Museum of Mathematics
11 East 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
United States
Phone: 212.542.0566