Buzzword Math

Mondays at 6:30 pm ET (New York)
February 21, February 28, and March 7

Appropriate for ages 14 and up.


You’ve undoubtedly heard some mathematical phrases without knowing what they really mean.  In this three-part series, Paul Zeitz will help us explore a few of the more common mathematical “buzzwords” and try to make sense of them.  No, we won’t get to the research frontier — but after attending this series, you’ll be able to more than hold your own at even the nerdiest of cocktail parties!

Buzzword Math: “The Riemann Hypothesis” (online)
Monday, February 21 at 6:30 pm ET (New York)

First, we’ll tackle the Riemann Hypothesis.  You’ve heard of it, and maybe even seen the mathematical statement about roots of the “zeta function,” but if you are like most math hobbyists, it still makes no sense.  What is the Riemann Hypothesis, why is it important, and how does it fit into the mathematics that you already understand?

Buzzword Math: “P vs NP” (online)
Monday, February 28 at 6:30 pm ET (New York)

In this session, we’ll tackle P vs NP.  You may have heard that this is one of the thorniest and most consequential problems in all of mathematics, and that its resolution would instantly change the way we think about computation.  Why is “computation” important, and what do those letters actually mean?

Buzzword Math: “Quantum Computing” (online)
Monday, March 7 at 6:30 pm ET (New York)

In this session, we’ll tackle quantum computing.  At the intersection of math, physics, and computer science, it’s a breakthrough that has almost happened.  Like P vs NP, it could change the universe.  How?

These are online-only events; all registrants will be participating remotely.  Occasional video recordings are made available for a fee at