For the math-challenged, the idea of doing math without numbers is attractive. But isn’t that like writing without words? Not at all, at least according to author Milo Beckman. In fact, the higher orders of math are done without any numbers at all. But you don’t have to be a mathematician to understand the math in Beckman’s book, Math Without Numbers. Charmingly illustrated by M. Erazo, it’s a conversational guide to the three main branches of abstract math—topology, analysis, and algebra that is surprisingly easy to grasp. Milo Beckman has been addicted to math since a young age. A math prodigy, he was captain of the New York City Math Team by age thirteen. His diverse projects and independent research have been featured in the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight, Salon, the Huffington Post, the Economist, and others.
On a clear evening, if you look up you can see thousands of stars shining in the dark sky, each with a story of their own. Taking 21 stars (and three imposters, that aren’t technically stars), expert science writerGiles Sparrow offers a complete introduction to what is happening up in the night sky. We talk with him about the universe from its birth to its death and much in between, including that mysterious thing, dark matter. Giles Sparrow writes about astronomy, science and other cool subjects, and is a regular contributor to magazines including All About Space and The Sky at Night.
Eda ZavalaLopez is a direct descendant of the Wari people of Peru. As a Curandera, Eda directly uses the power of medicinal plants to help heal people emotionally and spiritually, especially women. As a spiritual leader in her village, she is deeply committed to Indigenous Peruvian people in defending their sacred territories and protecting their lands.
Ed Kabotie is a multifaceted creative from the Tewa village of Khap’o Owinge and the Hopi village of Shungopavi. His creative expressions take the forms of paintings, drawings, silver craft, and multi-lingual musical compositions. Tiokasin catches up with Ed about his recent activities and shares a few songs.
Tuesday, May 25 at 12:00 noon.
WPKN Music On Film Series
WPKN’s Music On Film Series resumes this Wednesday. We will be capping off our Dylan Birthday Celebration by screening the Martin Scorsese film “THE ROLLING THUNDER REVIEW” at the Bijou Theater, 275 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport for $12.
Poets Cheryl Boyce-Taylor and Kathy Engel read their works and discuss dealing with loss through writing and poetry. Cheryl Boyce-Taylor’s “Mama Phife Represents,” and Kathy Engel’s “The Lost Brother Alphabet” address the sorrow of losing a loved one. Presented by Canio’s Books, Sag Harbor.
The annual Frank Zappa Memorial Day Meltdown commences this Friday at 8:00 PM with 6 hours of Zappa. We’ll dip our toes into every musical genre that Frank explored, scouring the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen for doodads from the woods (deep cuts) and clues to the elusive “conceptual continuity” woven throughout Zappa’s catalog. It’s your gateway to the Summer; mark it on your calendar and Crank Some Frank! Hosted by Bob Chamenko.
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