1 hour 30 minutes
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This talk/discussion has been presented successfully to audiences of school students at various levels, teachers, trainee teachers, general public etc. The version I propose to use is suited to anyone from about age 16 up. Several PGCE students (primary/secondary) from Newcastle University will assist me in the presentation and in helping with the audience participation. Here is a video of a short version of The Randomness Show presented in a Dublin pub at the Alchemist Café to the general public. The show was promoted by Irish Maths Week, Alchemist Cafe and the Irish Tourist Board: http://www.alchemistcafedublin.com/?p=92 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfHfvgbJZrs The show was inspired by this quote: The Philosopher Francis Bacon who said: "The human understanding, once it has adopted an opinion, collects any instances that confirm it, and though the contrary instances may be more numerous, either does not notice them or else rejects them, in order that this opinion will remain unshaken"
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This can take place in a standard lecture theatre.
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Understanding if events are random or have some underlying structure is a fascinating area of mathematics, filled with great discoveries. In the short run, chance may seem to be volatile and unfair. Considering the misconceptions, inconsistencies, paradoxes and counter intuitive aspects of probability, it is not a surprise that as a civilization it has taken us a long time to develop some methods to deal with this. In antiquity, chance mechanisms, such as coins, dice and cards were used for decision making and there was a strong belief in the fact that God or Gods controlled the outcome. Even today, some people see chance outcomes as fate or destiny – “that which was meant to be” Could it be synchronicity that we will all end up in the venue?
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Unsure about this - maybe the idea of fate and destiny??
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Steve Humble (aka Dr Maths) in his role as a maths publicist he writes a fortnightly column for the Evening Chronicle newspaper to help create greater public understanding of mathematics. Carol Vorderman’s recent UK government report on mathematics education described Steve as “an inspiring individual, providing opportunities for children to do mathematics that they find exciting and interesting”. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most children learning maths outside the classroom. Works at Newcastle University teaching Secondary and Primary trainee teachers. Steve Humble (aka Dr Maths) For more information on DrMaths Google "DrMaths IMA"
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