Santa Fe Institute Community Lecture: The Unlikely Power of Uncertainty and Contradiction

Tuesday, October 18, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Lensic Performing Arts Center

211 W. San Francisco Street, Santa Fe NM 87501


General Admission | Free


Phone | (505) 988-1234

Math is often thought of as a discipline of certainty and consistency — of black and white, zeroes and ones. In reality, mathematics is full of uncertainty and contradiction. Jordan Ellenberg discusses how this gray area offers powerful tools for thinking about the seemingly non-mathematical matters that dominate our lives. Using wide-ranging examples — disease modeling, Nate Silver, irrational numbers, and Theodore Roosevelt, to name a few — Ellenberg will reveal math’s hidden powers.

Jordan Ellenberg is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in 2015 was named a Guggenheim Fellow. His work has been featured in major newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Boston Globe, and he has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered. Ellenberg’s 2014 book How Not to be Wrong was a New York Times bestseller, and his novel, The Grasshopper King, was a finalist for the 2004 Young Lions Fiction Award.

Seating for SFI's community lectures is limited and ticket reservations are required. Reserve your free tickets through the Lensic Box Office online or call 505.988.1234.

Generous underwriting from Thornburg Investment Management, with additional support from The Lensic Performing Arts Center, makes this series possible.