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The Forum at Town Hall

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1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 United States

February 2020

Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World

February 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Forum at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 United States
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“When am I ever going to use this in the real world?”. This pervasive question has crossed the mind of almost every child who’s taken a math class. The answer—according to “stand-up mathematician” Matt Parker—is: not nearly enough. Parker, who is best known for his YouTube channels “Standupmaths” and “Numberphile” uncovers the bizarre ways numbers trip us up and what these blunders reveal about how math has an essential place in our world. He explores a litany of glitches, near misses,…

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Bees, Guts, Soil, and Cancer

February 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Forum at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 United States
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How are the health of soil, plants, bees, and humans connected? An all-star panel of experts joins us to answer this question with a discussion of the microscopic universe at the beginning and end of our food chain—the microbiome. Delve into the intricate world of microbes present in every human, the bacteria that help us digest food, regulate our immune system, and produce vitamins essential to our health. Explore unique connections that expand our everyday understanding—the decline of bees as related…

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Leah Plunkett Why We Should Be Cautious With Our Kids’ Data

February 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Forum at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 United States
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Our children’s first digital footprints are made before they can walk—even before they are born. More and more parents are using fertility apps to aid conception, posting ultrasound images to social media, installing baby monitors with built-in AI, and storing terabytes of baby pictures in the cloud. Educator Leah Plunkett arrives at Town Hall to examine the implications of this phenomenon, which she calls “sharenthood”—adults’ excessive digital sharing of children’s data. Drawing from her book Sharenthood: Why We Should Think before We…

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