Next week is a packed one for Science Cafe in New Hampshire – there’s a special discussion in Laconia on Monday about opioid abuse, and Science Cafe Concord on Tuesday discussion the science of brewing. And then on Wednesday, I’m part of something different, a wicked geeky discussion at Red River Theaters in Concord after a movie. Find out more on the theater’s Facebooks page:

“What is This Thing Called Math?”

After viewing the biopic “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” the true story of a poor Indian clerk, Srinivasa Ramanujan, who became one of the most celebrated mathematicians of the 20th century, stay for a talk with Concord Monitor’s David Brooks, who writes The Granite Geek column, and former NASA scientist and director of Ask Dr. Math, Ian Underwood.  These two will dust off their mathematics degrees and discuss why Ramanujan’s work was so startling, what it says about the nature of The Queen of Sciences, and even contemplate a question that has stumped people since the ancient Greeks: Do we discover new mathematics, or do we invent it?

They’ll take your questions, too – although don’t try to get them to do your kid’s algebra homework. They’re too sharp to fall for that one.

Wednesday, June 8 in the Simchik Cinema Screening Room, after the 6 p.m. screening of the film. Non-Members $10, RRT Members $8

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