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Talks for people who hated math in high school

Math might have been dry and boring in high school, but it is actually AWESOME. If only it had been this fun when you were getting graded.

  1. 9:29
    Randall Munroe Comics that ask "what if?"

    Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions ("what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?") using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader's question about Google's data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might actually learn something.

  2. 6:24
    Arthur Benjamin The magic of Fibonacci numbers

    Math is logical, functional and just ... awesome. Mathemagician Arthur Benjamin explores hidden properties of that weird and wonderful set of numbers, the Fibonacci series. (And reminds you that mathematics can be inspiring, too!)

  3. 17:02
    Hannah Fry The mathematics of love

    Finding the right mate is no cakewalk — but is it even mathematically likely? In a charming talk, mathematician Hannah Fry shows patterns in how we look for love, and gives her top three tips (verified by math!) for finding that special someone.

  4. 3:57
    Terry Moore Why is 'x' the unknown?

    Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.

  5. 17:17
    Adam Spencer Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers

    They're millions of digits long, and it takes an army of mathematicians and machines to hunt them down — what's not to love about monster primes? Adam Spencer, comedian and lifelong math geek, shares his passion for these odd numbers, and for the mysterious magic of math.

  6. 15:14
    Arthur Benjamin A performance of "Mathemagic"

    In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? He’ll tell you.