Public Lecture: Sleeping Beauty and Other Probability Conundrums
(February 28, 2018)
This lecture will be held at ICERM, located at 121 S. Main Street, 11th floor, Providence, RI 02903 and is free and open to the public.
6:00pm: light refreshments served
6:30pm: lecture begins
Probability puzzles are notoriously tricky, and the best ones continue to intrigue the public and confound philosophers. We'll examine some of these questions and try to determine whether they uncover real problems with the foundations of probability theory, or just challenges to our flawed human intuition.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Peter Winkler is William Morrill Professor of Mathematics and Computer
Science at Dartmouth College. He is the author of more than 150 research
papers and holds a dozen patents in marine navigation, cryptolography,
holography, gaming, optical networking, and distributed computing.
His research is primarily in combinatorics, probability, and the theory
of computing, with forays into statistical physics. He is a winner of
the Mathematical Association of America's Lester R. Ford and David P.
Dr. Winkler has also written two collections of mathematical puzzles, a book on cryptology in the game of bridge, and a portfolio of compositions for ragtime piano. He's working on a new puzzle book.