Humble Pi: Matt Parker's Comedy of Maths Errors

Date:Wed 30 Sep
Time:8pm
Venue:J2
Price:£17

This event has been rescheduled from Wed 22 Apr to Wed 30 Sep. Tickets remain valid for the new date. If you have any questions or queries please contact our box office on tickets@junction.co.uk

 

Matt Parker is a stand-up comedian and mathematician. He appears regularly on TV and online: as well as being a presenter on the Discovery Channel his YouTube videos have been viewed over 85 million times.

Humble Pi explores the greatest mathematical near-misses and mishaps involving planes, bridges, the internet, big data and more. Matt Parker shows us the bizarre ways maths trips us all up. Being wrong has never felt so right.

  • In 1983 a Canadian flight crew used pounds instead of kilograms and a plane took off with about half the fuel it needed, running out mid-flight.
  • In 2012 someone at JPMorgan Chase accidentally added two cells in a spreadsheet instead of taking their average and lost the company $2 billion USD.
  • The The European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group estimates that 24% of all spreadsheets used in business contain a maths error.
  • 19.6% of genetic research crunched in Excel contains errors where a gene name has been accidentally auto-corrected into a date.
  • In 2018 Matt calculated the number pi live on-stage in front of a sold-out Royal Albert Hall using a real pie. He is also the first person to use an overhead projector at the Hammersmith Apollo since Pink Floyd.

“Hilarious ... very, very great at explaining some pretty awesome things.”
Michael Stevens, Vsauce.

“Magician-like skills with tables of numbers”
The List

“Hilarious ... very, very great at explaining some pretty awesome things.”
Michael Stevens, Vsauce.

“Magician-like skills with tables of numbers”
The List

“Visibly so genuinely excited about maths that it’s infectious. Likewise, his comedy is unmistakeable”
Broadway Baby

“Even the terminally maths-phobic (a class I belong to) will enjoy mathematician Matt Parker’s enthused, beaming delivery, as he makes maths challenges and diagrams into something oddly beautiful.”
ThreeWeeks

Suitable for ages 12+

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Duration 90mins approx. (plus interval)

All prices shown include booking fees.

Bar and box office open 1 hour before event start time.

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Cambridge Junction works closely with groups and organisations to provide a safe, welcoming space for everyone. We are a venue that strives to be inclusive and promote equality for all. If you have any access requirements or questions please contact Cambridge Junction prior to your visit so we can make your experience as convenient as possible. For more information about accessibility please click HERE.

J2 has flat floor access.

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