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Explore the Curious World of Probabilities on April 25

Will you win the lottery? Should you really take that flight across the country? What are the chances that you would actually get struck by lightning? What are the odds that you could win big at the casino?

The mathematics of probability are directly linked to each of these situations.

Odds, chances, stats, probabilities…Enter the world of statistician Jeffrey Rosenthal.

Rosenthal, a professor of statistics at the University of Toronto and author of the best-selling book, Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities, will join the IMA for the third and final public lecture of 2012, offering a unique perspective on the topic as he delves into an entertaining exploration of the nature of coincidence.

His talk will explain how a "Probability Perspective" can shed new light on many familiar situations from lottery jackpots to airplane crashes, casino gambling to homicide rates, medical studies to election polls to surprising coincidences. He will also discuss Monte Carlo computer algorithms, which use randomness to solve problems in many branches of science. Don't miss this engaging and informative talk—free and open to the public—on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 7 p.m. at Willey Hall 175, University of Minnesota, West Bank.

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