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Humble Pi: Matt Parker's Comedy of Maths Errors

Humble Pi explores the greatest mathematical near-misses and mishaps involving planes, bridges, the internet, big data and more. Matt Parker shows us the bizarre ways maths trips us all up. Being wrong has never felt so right.

In 2018 Matt calculated the number pi live on-stage in front of a sold-out Royal Albert Hall using a real pie. He is also the first person to use an overhead projector at the Hammersmith Apollo since Pink Floyd.

- 19.6% of genetic research crunched in Excel contains errors where a gene name has been accidentally auto-corrected into a date.

- The The European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group estimates that 24% of all spreadsheets used in business contain a maths error.

- In 2012 someone at JPMorgan Chase accidentally added two cells in a spreadsheet instead of taking their average and lost the company $2 billion USD.

- In 1983 a Canadian flight crew used pounds instead of kilograms and a plane took off with about half the fuel it needed, running out mid-flight.

“Hilarious … very, very great at explaining some pretty awesome things.” 
Michael Stevens, Vsauce.

“Even the terminally maths-phobic (a class I belong to) will enjoy mathematician Matt Parker’s enthused, beaming delivery, as he makes maths challenges and diagrams into something oddly beautiful.” 
ThreeWeeks

“Visibly so genuinely excited about maths that it’s infectious. Likewise, his comedy is unmistakeable” 
Broadway Baby

“Magician-like skills with tables of numbers” 
The List

Rating 
12+
Runtime 
110mins

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Thu 16 Apr