Math Encounters: "The Wall of Fire Theorem: A Story of Mathematical Discovery" with Jim Propp (4:00 pm)

Where do the seeds of new theorems come from and how do they grow?  Researcher/educator/popularizer Jim Propp shares new mathematical results inspired by the Museum's popular Wall of Fire exhibit, where you can slice a cube and find shapes that have 3, 4, 5, or even 6 sides.  What hidden pattern governs the number of sides of the cross-section?  Come learn some math that is literally cutting-edge!
Special introduction by mathematician Joel Spencer.

This page is for the 4:00 pm session. Click here to register for the 7:00 pm session instead.

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.

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

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019 4:00 pm   through   5:30 pm
National Museum of Mathematics
11 E 26th St.
New York City, NY 10010
United States
Phone: 212-542-0566