See attached flier about this year’s Mike Skaff / Pi Day lecture.

Gambling and Randomness

Abhijit Dasgupta

When and Where

Tuesday, March 10, 1:002:00pm

Room: E-239

Refreshments will be served at 12:30pm!

The Question : What is Randomness?

Professor Mike Skaff had a strong interest in gambling theory, and he wrote a book

on the subject. Gambling gave birth to probability theory, whose central concept is randomness. Randomness is notoriously hard to define precisely, but Richard Von

Mises in early 20th Century pioneered a definition based on gambling. Earlier work of Emile Borel had shown that in a limiting sense, random sequences are actually

highly well-behaved! Alonzo Church later brought in the idea of computer algorithms as a key ingredient of randomness. This gave birth to another field known as Algorithmic Randomness. The field grew dramatically through the work of

Martin-Löf, Kolmogorov, Chaitin and others, who showed its surprising connections with Lebesgue measure theory, data compression, and mathematical logic. Algorithmic Randomness is a very active area of current research. This talk will be about the question What is Randomness?

skaff-talk-2015-flyer.pdf

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