9th Annual Sobel Seminar: David Aldous

Event Date: 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 3:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Refreshments served at 3:15pm

Event Location: 

  • Buchanan Hall 1940
  • Annual Sobel Lecture

9th Annual Sobel Seminar


David Aldous; UC Berkeley


Reflections on Devising a "Probability in the Real World" Course


Undergraduate textbooks on probability deal with "things that are like dice" and hypothetical stories that have little connection with our experience of chance outside the classroom. As part of a broader project to articulate critically what mathematical probability says about the real world, I give an occasional course at Berkeley in the following format. I give 20 lectures on different, maximally diverse topics and students choose some project involving new real data. In the talk, I will describe some of the content not found in other courses.