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09-28-2016

'You're Probably Wrong! -- The Unintuitive Nature of Randomness' at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe

"You're Probably Wrong! -- The Unintuitive Nature of Randomness" will be presented by St. Lawrence University Assistant Professor of Mathematics Natasha Komarov at the next Clarkson University Science Cafe at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at St. Lawrence University's Pub 56, between Hulett and Jencks Halls on Avenue of the Elms in Canton, N.Y., and at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. in Potsdam, N.Y.

Natasha KomarovHumans are good at a lot of things; having an accurate intuition for randomness is not one of them! How do people determine whether something is "random"? If people look at two different sequences of numbers, how do they tell whether one is "more random" than the other, just by looking? And what does "random" mean, anyway? Join Komarov as she helps attendees puzzle over randomness and probability, including interesting examples where intuition alone fails people spectacularly.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Find out more about Clarkson's Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe .

Email Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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