Johnny Ball

Johnny Ball

Wonders Beyond Numbers

Festival of Ideas/
Mon 08 July 2019
19:00-20:15
St George's Bristol
Price: £10/ £8

Johnny Ball

Wonders Beyond Numbers

Johnny Ball
Mon 08 July 2019,
19:00-20:15
St George's Bristol
Price: £10/ £8

The irrepressible Bristol-born Johnny Ball has been a passionate advocate of mathematics for over 40 years, opening up the subject for a popular audience with wit and wisdom.

In this event, he tells the story of mathematics, unravelling the tale of how humanity built up a knowledge and understanding of shapes, numbers and patterns from ancient times. He starts in Bristol where, aged around 8, he was shown how the Russians do multiplication using a halving and doubling system, which is really a version of Binary Maths, which enables all our modern electronic technology to function. He then moves through maths history showing how those who came up with new ideas did it to simplify maths and not make it more complex or confusing. He also explains how his approach to maths would improve the modern Maths curriculum and make it both more exciting and more empowering for young people. He ends with the story of Isaac Newton’s discovery and explanation of gravity, which he maintains had nothing what so ever to do with apples.

This event is suitable for adults and ages 9+

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How to Book/

Book online or purchase tickets in person at St George’s Box Office or on Tel: 0845 40 24 001 Mon – Fri 09:00-18:00.

Concessions apply to Full Time Students, Job Seekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefit claimants, over 60s and disabled people. Free carer tickets are available for each paying ticket holder who requires someone to assist them with their visit.

Under 16s tickets price is £5.

The £4.50 Partner Rate is for staff, students or members at the following organisations: Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Business West, University of Bristol and UWE. This offer is available online only. Please note that no refunds/exchanges are possible for tickets already purchased at the higher price.

Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit or issue refunds to latecomers. Please allow enough time to collect your ticket/s from the relevant box office (if these haven’t already been posted to you), and make sure to arrive before the advertised start time to take your seat/s. Refunds are usually only available if an event is cancelled.

The Festival of Ideas endeavours to hold its events in venues that are accessible to all, but if you have specific access concerns it is advisable to contact the venue direct. St George’s Bristol regrets that due to St George’s listed-building status there is limited access to some parts of the building. However, St George’s welcomes customers with additional needs and there is a dedicated accessible entrance from Charlotte Street via a lift. Please mention your particular needs to the Box Office staff when you book and they will give you all the assistance and advice you need. Limited parking space is available for disabled ‘Blue Badge’ holders in the adjacent car park but must be reserved in advance – call the Box Office to check availability. Guide dogs are admitted to all parts of the venue. Accessible toilet facilities are located within the Bar, accessible by lift.

St George’s has recently installed a new Assisted Listening System called Sennheiser MobileConnect. Using WiFi, visitors to St George’s can now get superior quality live audio from concerts, talks, and exhibitions fed directly to their smart phone, or similar device – either through headphones or via a necklace for hearing aid users. The sound levels can be adjusted on your device to suit your needs and the House Team will be happy to assist you with this. The Sennheiser MobileConnect system has been installed to combat the poor coverage to the more traditional hearing loop within the main hall. Headphones/necklaces can be booked via the Box Office in advance or borrowed on the day, for a refundable deposit of £5. Visitors can download the Sennheiser MobileConnect app using the links below to use on their own device and can also use their own headphones. Please speak to the Box Office Team for more information at the time of booking.

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