Chaotic cards and dynamic dice

Thursday 17th March 2011 @ 19:00

Non-Member: £12.00 ; Staff: £5.00 ; Student: £3.00

Dr Frank Berkshire, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College

Why is gambling so attractive? How do gamblers lose when they win?

The development of Mathematics has had strong links to chance, gambling and risk -  from basic probability to dynamical chaos.

Those who might be tempted to gamble in the hope of making a small fortune should recognise that the easiest way to do this is to start with a large fortune.

For shuffling cards and throwing dice, this talk is intended to provide some instruction in the ways by which gambling odds may be slanted unfairly, to the profit of the card sharp or dice mechanic, at the considerable expense of the innocent and/or unwary.

Frank Berkshire is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Mathematics.

 He says on his website that his research interests are "Classical mechanics and theoretical fluid mechanics and their application to sport and gambling".

 In addition to his responsibilities for the mathematical course structure and content, he has for many years been fighting a (largely losing) battle against the rise in academic bureaucracy - subject reviews, subject benchmarks, and so on. An imminent challenge is to confront the European Bachelor/Masters structures post-Bologna, while reconciling a role as consultant for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority on Secondary level assessments - most recently through Chairing the 5-Year Review of Standards over Time for GCSE/AS/A Level Mathematics (2005).

With Professor Tom Kibble he is author of Classical Mechanics (5th Edition 2004 Imperial College/World Scientific).

The original lecture billed from Professor Al Khalili on chaos has been postponed because of his filming schedule.


Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).
After the lecture a Friends' Table has been reserved at a local restaurant to entertain the speaker and for any of the audience who would like to join us to continue the evening's discussion. A two-course fixed price supper is served including wine, coffee and service charge.
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