Terry Tao - The Cosmic Distance Ladder | Math Encounters (4:00)

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How do we determine distances between the earth, sun, and moon, and from the sun to other planets, stars, and distant galaxies? We can't measure these directly, but indirect methods, combined with some basic high school math, can provide convincing and accurate results. Climb a "cosmic distance ladder" with UCLA Professor of Mathematics and 2006 Fields Medalist Terry Tao, as he shows us how measurements of nearby distances can be used to estimate distances that are out of this world. Terry will be introduced by Michael Sipser, Barton L. Weller Professor of Mathematics and Head of the Mathematics Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Math Encounters is a public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics and presented by the Simons Foundation and the National Museum of Mathematics.

For further information, call the Museum of Mathematics at (212) 542-0566 or e-mail mathencounters@momath.org.

Please note, this presentation is designed to be accessible and engaging to a general audience. As a rule of thumb, it would best be enjoyed by participants age 12 and up.

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August 7th, 2013 4:00 PM   through   6:00 PM
National Museum of Mathematics
11 East 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
United States
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