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Math Encounters: "Certain Variation: You Never Step in the Same River Twice" with Gerald van Belle (4:00 pm)

Change is the one constant in life. How can mathematics bring some certainty to variation? Biostatistician Gerald van Belle shares everyday stories and interactive activities that highlight the sometimes surprising analysis of variability. Reinforcing planes in warfare, walking or running in the rain, storks and babies, missing data, and more — see how a mathematical lens helps shed new light on the study of change.

Featuring a special introduction by Gerard T. van Belle, Chief Scientist, Navy Precision Optical Interferometer.

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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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November 7, 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