Dr Hannah Fry’s Royal Institution Christmas Lecture will be screened live and exclusively at the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester.

The Science and Industry Museum is the only place outside the London lecture hall where the event can be seen in advance.

The live screening returns after 2018’s sell-out event and shows the lecture a week before it is broadcast on BBC Four over the Christmas period.

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The 2019 lecture series will be shown at 20 locations across the country, but only Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum will be screening Dr Fry’s lecture, the last in the series.

A Science Museum Group Trustee, Dr Fry appears to present her ideas in the new lecture titled: Secrets and lies: the hidden power of maths. Set to include explanations of how astonishing miracles can be understood with probability, the phenomena of ‘big data’ dictating many of the trends we follow and why powerful algorithms secretly influence even our most important life choices, Dr Fry’s wide-ranging, evidence-based perspectives reveal the mathematical formulas driving everyday life.

Setting out to decode life’s hidden numbers, Dr Fry’s lecture will propose making more informed choices and separating facts from ‘fake news’. By asking big ethical questions such as: “Are there problems maths shouldn’t be allowed to solve?” and “Do computers have too much control over our lives?”  Dr. Fry will set out her case that unwavering faith in numbers may, in fact, lead to disaster.

Dr Hannah Fry said, “I am thrilled that the Science and Industry Museum will be showing the live stream of my lectures in Manchester, one of the UK’s powerhouses of mathematical theory and research. You can watch me in the museum’s Revolution Manchester gallery where there are artefacts relating to Alan Turing who did some of his most creative thinking in Manchester and a working replica of “Baby” the world’s first stored-program computer, made in Manchester with original parts.”

When is the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture screened at The Science and Industry Museum Manchester?

The Royal Institution Christmas Lecture is screened at The Science and Industry Museum Manchester on Tuesday 17 December 2019.  Tickets are priced £3 (11+ years) or £6 (over 18s) and available via the Science and Industry Museum website.

Image of Dr Hannah Fry courtesy Paul Wilkinson