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PUBLIC LECTURE: Public Lecture: The search for randomness

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Persi Diaconis

Mary Sunseri Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Stanford University USA

Mathematician, statistician AND magician

will give a public lecture entitled

The search for randomness

on Wednesday 8th of December 2010

What does it mean to say something is "random"? Persi Diaconis will take a close look at some of our most primitive images of random phenomena: tossing a coin, shuffling cards, and rolling a roulette wheel. While all these processes can achieve randomness, usually we are lazy. A bit of math and experiment shows that things are not so random after all.

About the speaker: At 14 Persi Diaconis had finished high school when he was invited by Dai Vernon, the greatest magician in the US, to go on tour with him. Diaconis dropped out of school and left home without telling his parents. At 16 he struck out on his own as a magician and did well doing magic, inventing tricks, giving lessons and living a very colorful life. When he came across a book on probability that he couldn't read he decided to enrol in a mathematics degree. He graduated two and a half years later. He has been at Stanford since he completed his PhD in 1974.

"The way I do magic is very similar to mathematics. Inventing a magic trick and inventing a theorem are very, very similar activities . . . One difference between magic and mathematics is the competition. The competition in mathematics is a lot stiffer than in magic."

Persi Diaconis, who is one of the world’s most famous mathematicians, is well known for his talks on popular mathematics to non-specialist audiences. Come and enjoy an evening with him. Enquiries 9332 2900 or [email protected]

He will be visiting Perth as an invited speaker at the Australian Statistics Conference and OZCOTS, the Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics (www.promaco.com.au/2010/asc/).
Speaker(s) Persi Diaconis
Location Esplanade Hotel
Contact Michael Giudici <[email protected]>
Start Wed, 08 Dec 2010 20:00
End Wed, 08 Dec 2010 21:00
Submitted by Michael Giudici <[email protected]>
Last Updated Wed, 06 Oct 2010 19:00
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