Order and Disorder: A Precarious Balancing Act
Lecture
Order and Disorder: A Precarious Balancing Act 

Open to the Public

Date

Time 06:30pm - 08:00pm

Location NYUAD Campus, Conference Center

Is chaos the law of nature and order the dream of man, as Henry Adams once put it? Is "chance" just a name for our ignorance? This lecture demonstrates, through a few examples, why scientists and philosophers inevitably faced these questions, and what kind of answers they gave in the modern era. In order to decide whether certain curious coincidences that we experience are just the play of chance, or obey some hidden rules, one has to understand the basic laws of randomness. These laws are illustrated through a small number of mathematical examples. No mathematical prerequisites are necessary. 

Speaker

János Pach Professor of Mathematics; Chair of Combinatorial Geometry, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; Research Fellow, Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Hosted by

NYU Abu Dhabi Institute