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— Math is one of those subjects that seems to be divisive among students as they grow up. Basically, you love it or you hate it. There aren’t many middle-of-the-road opinions about it. And many students who hate it don’t see how learning calculus will ever help them in the real world. Matt Parker is a “stand-up mathematician” who enjoys pointing out how much math is used in the real world, even if it’s not apparent at first glance. Parker will be talking about his book, Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World, at the Forum at Town Hall at 2 p.m. on Feb. 1. Parker’s talk will focus on how numerical errors can cause big problems in numerous areas, including the internet, elections, and even street signs.

— One topic now at the forefront of the national discourse is the plight of the working class. Tightrope, a book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, addresses this issue through the stories of Americans who are feeling the effects of this problem first hand. Kristof and WuDunn, who are Pulitzer Prize winners, will be speaking about their book as part of the Seattle Arts and Lectures series at Benaroya Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5.

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