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Humble Pi: Matt Parker's Comedy of Maths Errors

Performance
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Bloomsbury Theatre
29th Apr 2020
19:30
This event has now been cancelled

Coronavirus update

Due to the evolving Coronavirus outbreak and related concerns, all events from 16 March – 30 April 2020 at the Bloomsbury Theatre and Studio have been postponed or cancelled. We are working with the artists to reschedule these dates for Autumn 2020 onwards. If you have bought for shows affected by this then you will be emailed offering to transfer you tickets for the new dates or offered a full refund. We hope to be open again soon and our decision will be guided by the Government’s public health advice.
 

About Matt Parker

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

“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

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