5th December 2011 – Patterns and Randomness

What is randomness? Where is it? How can we spot it and should we care?

Human beings generally think they have an intuitive grasp of randomness – or at least what isn’t random. But what should random actually look like and when is something suspicious going on?

We are programmed through evolution to find patterns in everything and this can distort our perception of randomness. Dr Nathan Green will talk about some of the most common mistakes with understanding randomness and give some simple tools to arm the intrepid scientist against the dangers of a random world.

I think those of you who enjoyed the SciBar Reading Club discussions on “The Drunkard’s Walk” will particularly enjoy this.

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