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Date: October 4, 2017

Time: 6:00PM - 00:00AM

Location: BLOC 220

Speaker: Dr. Peter Howard, Texas A&M University, Department of Mathematcis


Title: The Mathematics of Games of Chance

Abstract: Following early work by the Italian mathematician, physician, astrologer, and all around sketchy character Gerolamo Cardano, the classical theory of probability was developed in large part as an uneasy collaboration between professional gamblers such as Antoine Gombaud, and a coterie of brilliant French noblemen looking for just about any excuse to prove how smart they were (I'm looking at you, Pierre-Simon, Marquis de Laplace). In this talk, I'll give an overview of the early development of probability theory, and talk about applications to games of chance such as Roulette and Blackjack. Texas Hold'em will be mentioned as an invitation to study game theory.