A chance to see a live recording of the second Royal Institution Christmas lecture at Thinktank on December the 14th.

In the 2019 CHRISTMAS LECTURES, ‘Secrets and Lies: the hidden power of maths’, Hannah Fry will reveal a hidden layer of maths that now drives everyday life in powerful and surprising ways. Life’s most astonishing miracles can be understood with probability, big data dictates many of the trends we follow, and powerful algorithms secretly influence even our most important life choices.

This event is free, advanced booking is advised. Book online or phone 0121 348 8263 (lines open Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm).

Please arrive at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start. Entry will be on Thinktank level 3 via the Events Suite.


‘Secrets and lies: The Hidden Power of Maths’.

In three lectures Hannah Fry unmasks the hidden numbers, rules and patterns that secretly influence our daily lives…in ways we could never imagine.

She exposes how our gut instincts are often unreliable, while an unseen layer of maths drives everyday life in powerful and surprising ways.

Life’s most astonishing miracles can be understood with probability. Big data dictates many of the hot new fashions we follow. Even our choice of what we watch on TV, or our choice of who we marry, is secretly influenced by computer algorithms.

In a series of lectures packed with mind-boggling demos and live experiments, Hannah shows us how to decode life’s hidden numbers; to help us all make better choices, sort fact from fiction, and lead happier lives. But she also warns how our unwavering faith in figures can lead to disaster when we get the sums wrong.

Unravelling suspicious statistics, engineering meltdowns and deadly data, Hannah asks big ethical questions about the trust we place in maths today. Are there any problems math’s can’t or shouldn’t solve? Do computer algorithms have too much control over our lives and privacy? Could A.I. decide if someone lives or dies?

Ultimately, by probing the limits of maths and its role in our modern world, Hannah ends up revealing and celebrating what makes our human minds so unique.

About Dr Hannah Fry

Dr Hannah Fry is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study patterns in human behaviour, particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.