SFI Public Lecture: Randomness Everywhere Feb. 27

‘Cardsharps’ by Michelangelo Caravaggio. Courtesy/SFI

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents a Community Event: Randomness Everywhere with Sid Redner at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.

Randomness underlies events that we encounter every day. From the ups and downs of stock prices to the likelihood of winning at gambling, understanding randomness can help us make sense of our experiences and resolve apparent paradoxes.

In the first community lecture of SFI’s 2018 series, Sid Redner  presents an introduction to the famous random walk model, and outlines some of its intriguing consequences. Though their wandering is slow and erratic, the average location of where a random walk ends up can be described precisely, with applications for everything from the gambler’s ruin problem, to sports statistics, to simple strategies for foragers to live as long as possible.

A physicist and Santa Fe Institute Professor, Redner’s research interests lie broadly in non-equilibrium statistical physics and its application to a variety of phenomena.

In recent years, he has worked on the structure of complex networks and on the dynamics of foraging.

He also has devoted considerable effort to formulate and solve physics-based models of social dynamics.

He has published two books and 250 articles in major peer-reviewed journals, and he is also an associate editor for the Journal of Statistical Physics, and a divisional associate editor for Physical Review Letters.

Click here for complete information about the event.

Reserve free tickets through the Lensic Box Office online or call 505.988.1234

SFI’s 2018 Community Lecture Series is supported by Thornburg Investment Management, with additional support provided by The Lensic Performing Arts Center.