Math Encounters: The Cosmic Distance Ladder at MoMath

How do we determine distances between the earth, sun, and moon, and from the sun to other planets, stars, and distant galaxies? We can’t measure these directly, but indirect methods, combined with some basic high school math, can provide convincing and accurate results. Climb a “cosmic distance ladder” with UCLA Professor of Mathematics and 2006 Fields Medalist Terry Tao, as he shows us how measurements of nearby distances can be used to estimate distances that are out of this world.

Terry will be introduced by John Conway, prizewinning Princeton University mathematician and inventor of the cellular automaton Game of Life.

Math Encounters is a public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics and presented by the Simons Foundation and the National Museum of Mathematics.

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  • Chien-Chung C.

    i wrote a email and got the reply: "Unfortunately, initial plans to have John Conway introduce Terry Tao became unfeasible some time ago; instead, Terry will be introduced at both sessions by Michael Sipser, the head of the mathematics department at MIT."

    August 6, 2013

  • Dyutiman D.

    Sounds awesome, but will have to miss it.

    August 5, 2013

  • Francoise M

    In Europe until end of the month!

    August 5, 2013

  • Janice K.

    It has been my experience that you have to register in advance online for attendance at any Math Encounters event. You risk not getting in if you don't as some of their talks are very popular.

    August 2, 2013

  • Hans Z.

    This sounds enormously interesting. Thanks for organising this Karen. Best wishes, Hans

    July 29, 2013

  • Anil Anthony P.

    Forgot! I can't make it that day.

    July 22, 2013

  • Anil Anthony P.

    Plus 1?

    July 21, 2013

  • David

    July 21, 2013

  • burt

    Conway is said to have been able to exponentials when he was four years old.

    July 21, 2013

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