Math Encounters: "From Fairy Tales to Finite Elements: How Mathematics Connects With Fiction" with Manil Suri (4:00 pm)

Join mathematician, bestselling novelist, and frequent New York Times op-ed writer Manil Suri on a fascinating exploration of the mathematical essence of fiction. Discover how we use some of the same mathematical techniques whether plotting fairy tales or solving engineering problems, or engaging in a diversity of other disciplines.

Special introduction by Cheryl Young, Executive Director of the MacDowell Colony, an artists’ colony that has supported winners of at least 79 Pulitzer Prizes, 781 Guggenheim Fellowships, 100 Rome Prizes, 30 National Book Awards, 26 Tony Awards, 24 MacArthur Fellowships, 9 Grammys, 8 Oscars, and 8 National Medals for the Arts.

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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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For further information, call the National Museum of Mathematics at (212) 542-0566 or e-mail

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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June 6th, 2018 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