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.