Special Note: Paul DePodesta will also perform on the Book Fair stage on Sunday at 4:30 PM and will sign books at Book Signing Table 3 at 4:30 PM. Mike Aponte will sign books at Book Signing Table 4 on Sunday at 4:30 PM.
Join us for dynamic hands-on encounters with mathematics superstars, and discover how numbers are used to pack a punch in such areas as decision-making, evaluating human performance, scrutinizing data, following hunches and sizing up situations in sports, scientific research, business and other matters.
In this unforgettable presentation, Glen Whitney will team up fellow panel members and mathematics legends Paul DePodesta and Mike Aponte.
Meet the Panelists!
Paul DePodesta - The creative approach of this high-powered professional baseball executive in using statistics in revolutionary ways to make winners out of the hapless Oakland Athletics baseball team during 1999-2003 formed the basis of the best-selling book Moneyball, and the subsequent 2011 major motion picture of the same name. Discover his winning strategy behind statistics and the laws of probability that you can use in everyday life!
Mike Aponte - This former MIT student used his love and prowess in mathematics to reign as one of the most famous blackjack players in the casino world, inspiring the best-selling book Bringing Down the House, and the 2008 major motion picture, 21. Learn how he now has given up the glitz and glamour of casino life to follow his two other passions: tutoring and mentoring students in mathematics and SAT preparation, and instructing the public in the art of card counting!
Panel moderator Glen Whitney is known as the mathematician who gave up a lucrative career as a hedge-fund algorithm manager in New York to pursue his dream of establishing the nation's first-ever interactive, hands-on math museum. Under his direction, the National Museum of Mathematics, located in the heart of Manhattan, has made a name for itself in K-12 educational outreach by going the extra mile in showing students how math relates to almost everything we do - from biology and physics to music, art, finance, photography and sports.