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Monday, October 15 | 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Science on Screen

: Shaun of the Dead with Williams College Math Professor Colin Adams

There comes a day in every man’s life when he has to get off the couch...and kill some zombies. When flesh-eating zombies are on the hunt for a bite to eat, it’s up to slacker Shaun (Simon Pegg) and his best pal Ed (Nick Frost) to save their friends and family from becoming the next entrée.

Prior to the screening, Williams College professor Colin Adams will talk about how calculus could help you survive the zombie apocalypse.


Program Speaker

Colin Adams, Thomas T. Read Professor of Mathematics at Williams College

Colin Adams received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. He is particularly interested in the mathematical theory of knots, their applications, and their connections with hyperbolic geometry. He is the author of nine books, including The Knot Book, an elementary introduction to the mathematical theory of knots, co-author of the humorous supplements "How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide," and "How to Ace the Rest of Calculus: the Streetwise Guide,” author of Why Knot?, a mathematical comic book with attached toy, and Zombies & Calculus, a math novel.

He is a recipient of the National Distinguished Teaching Award from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), an MAA Polya Lecturer, a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, and the recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Teaching Award. He is also the mathematical humor columnist for the Mathematical Intelligencer.

With Science on Screen, the Coolidge Corner Theatre creatively pairs a feature film or documentary with lively presentations by notable figures from the world of science, medicine, and technology. The Science on Screen series is co-presented by the Museum of Science, Boston and supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with additional support from Gesmer, Updegrove LLP, and Richard Anders.

View other presentations in the Science on Screen Series.


Coolidge Corner Theatre


Recommended for: Grades 11 – 12 and adults

Presented by the Coolidge Corner Theatre in association with the Museum of Science

Public Event

Separate ticket required. Cost: members, students, and seniors: $12.50; general admission: $14.50

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