What You'll Learn:
Abstract mathematics seems meaningless in a reality that’s strange enough as it is. As society grapples with the more immediate concerns of everyday life, the endless coordinates of geometric space appear pointless—or, so we might think. Algebraic geometer Jordan Ellenberg applies the seemingly esoteric fields of geometry and topology to everyday issues, topics that range from the United States election process to current public health concerns. Math might not be as extraneous as it seems, and its shapes and numbers might influence our lives powerfully.