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Math Encounters: "Paradoxes in Probability: Surprising Results and Why They Matter" with Alon Amit (4:00 pm)

Probability theory has a unique distinction among mathematical fields: it is often at odds with human intuition, sometimes very sharply so.  Beyond setting up various apparent "paradoxes" of intuition or logic, those counterintuitive aspects sometimes have quite dramatic manifestations in real-life situations.  Test your intuition on a variety of simple problems and explore how such paradoxes have crept into scientific research, policy making, and even executive boardrooms! 

October Math Encounters poster


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Light refreshments will be served after the 4:00 pm session and at 6:30 pm in advance of the second session.

Math Encounters is a public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics, presented by the Simons Foundation and the National Museum of Mathematics.

For further information, call the National Museum of Mathematics at 212-542-0566 or e-mail

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October 2, 2019 4:00 pm   through   5:30 pm
National Museum of Mathematics
11 E. 26th St.
New York, NY 10010
United States
Phone: 212-542-0566