Projective Geometry

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Jordan Ellenberg (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
For seven years, a group of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology exploited a loophole in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Cash WinFall to win game after game, eventually pocketing more than million. Jordan Ellenberg will talk about how they did it, why they got away with it, the mathematical notions of expected value and variance, and the surprising relationship of all this with projective geometry.
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