What is ... randomness good for?

This page hosts information on Shagnik Das' talk "What is ... randomness good for?" at the "What is ...?" seminar. This talk will help you better understand the talk by Dietrich Stoyan.

Where & When

  • Friday, January 13, 2017, 1.00pm @ BMS Loft at Urania


  • We all know that randomness has several useful applications, ranging from quantum physics to cryptography to experimental design. What, though, does it offer the poor pure mathematician, who cannot afford a quantum computer, has nothing to hide, and has even less interest in real-world phenomena? In this talk we will give a partial answer to this question by demonstrating the use of the probabilistic method in extremal combinatorics. No prior knowledge of combinatorics is necessary, although some familiarity with colours - in particular, red and blue - could be useful.

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