The Rubin Screening: Laurie Anderson + Charles Seife
“Even as we huddle around our hearths and invent stories to convince ourselves that the cosmos is warm and full and inviting, nothingness stares back at us with empty eye sockets.” —Charles Seife
Performance artist Laurie Anderson returned for her fifth on-stage conversation at the Rubin, this time on how cultures use mathematics to define their world, with Charles Seife, the author of the bestselling Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea.
This is a screening of a filmed conversation.
About the Speaker
Glen Whitney received an undergraduate math degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in mathematical logic from UCLA. He began his career teaching at the University of Michigan, then became a quantitative analyst with Renaissance Technologies. Whitney discovered the spirit of hands-on exploration as an elementary-school math club coach, and he's used math as a tool to give back to society, helping to design the data collection systems used by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative.
Whitney currently runs the National Museum of Mathematics, America’s only museum of mathematics. As Co-Executive Director of the Museum, Whitney is working to change public perceptions of mathematics, and to improve the way we educate our youth in this country. The Museum's Math Midway exhibit, a carnivalthemed traveling exhibition on mathematics, demonstrates that math can be interactive, exciting, and fun, and its Math Encounters presentation series communicates the richness of mathematics to the general public.