Seminars & Events
New this year, we’re thrilled to share MƒA Thursday Thinks, a monthly speaker series held (typically) on the first Thursday of each month. Thursday Thinks feature thought-provoking talks from STEM experts – including scientists, mathematicians, authors, journalists and educators – that are open to MƒA teachers, their colleagues, and their guests.
May 10 — The Zoomable Universe: Putting Reality into Perspective with Caleb Scharf
Science is about building a rational and recognizable picture of the world, but it's challenging because humans only have direct experience of a very narrow range of cosmic phenomena. In this talk, Caleb Scharf, will discuss how physical scale lets us begin to relate our day-to-day senses to the deeper fundamentals of nature. Spanning some 63 orders of magnitude in size, reality as we know it extends from the cosmic horizon all the way to the Planck scale, and the breakdown of current physics. A journey through scale allows us to not just see what we know, but to stop along the way and ask questions about all that we still don't understand: From dark matter to exoplanets, and the origins of life to quantum mechanics, it's the puzzles that capture our imaginations.
- MƒA teachers should please register on the Small-World Network, other guests should please register here.
June 7 — Weapons of Math Destruction with Dr. Cathy O'Neil
In this talk, author and former director of the Lede Program in Data Practices at Columbia University Dr. Cathy O’Neil will expose the mathematical models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society. These “weapons of math destruction” score teachers and students, sort résumés, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole, and monitor our health.
- MƒA teachers should please register on the Small-World Network, other guests will be able to register in early May.