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TEDxAFS-Justin Solonynka Big Numbers

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Published on Jul 6, 2011

What makes a big number "big?" How can we better understand the barrage of statistics we get every day from the media? What does it mean that an event is probable or improbable? These are some of the questions Justin Solonynka will ponder in a presentation that features musings on probability as well as the Best Card Trick You Will Ever See — and is 99% sure to leave audiences with a greatly invigorated sense of numeracy.

Justin Solonynka has a B.A. in Mathematics from Lehigh University and teaches math at AFS. He is the recipient of several distinguished teaching awards. A professional musician (www.tinylightsmusic.com) who has recorded numerous albums and performed all over the east coast, Justin is also the author of a book of essays, Swine Before Pearls, published by Lehigh University.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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