Persi DiaconisStanford University
The Mathematics of Coincidences
|Date:||March 4, 2014
Cahit Arf Auditorium
Amazing coincidences are all around us, where we work and live and what we do often seem determined by seeming coincidences. I will review the history of ways of thinking about such things (work of Jung and Freud) and then show how a bit of mathematics can suggest that things are not so surprising after all. The math involves graph theory and probability in surprising new ways.