This is an audio recording of the (10/22 meet-up) which featured a presentation from Aaron Santos, about using mathematical estimation as a way of determining validity on empirical claims made by others.
In this presentation, you’ll find out how many years it would take for a person to eat the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters, if claims from the Vertical Farming project are realistic, and how many people attended Glenn Beck’s 2010 rally?
For more information on Aaron Santos, check out his blog called “A Diary of Numbers,” in which he creates more interesting and funny calculations. And you can read his book, How Many Licks?: Or, How to Estimate Damn Near Anything, which is a collection of some of his best estimations.