All You Gotta do is Act Rationally
Should you get the Astra Zeneca vaccine or wait for Pfizer? Should you take the extended warranty offer with your new dishwasher? Should you buy a lotto ticket? Life abounds with decisions — decisions that must be made in the face of uncertainty. To complicate life further, sometimes the choice of best decision will depend on what everyone around you does. So how can mathematics help us decide what to do? In this talk I’ll discuss some mathematical tools (Expected Value & Game Theory) that can help us in our quest to be more like Spock (the rational part, not the pointy ears).
The Search for Life on Mars
Humanity has long wondered about the possibility of life beyond Earth. Now we’re racing to plumb the depths of space and time to discover evidence of fossil organisms on Earth’s neighbour, Mars. Hear from leading astrobiologist David Flannery on NASA’s Perseverance Rover Mission and his search for life on Mars.
Doors open at 6pm, talks begin at 6:20.
Sessions run for 50 minutes, talks are 20 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A.
A Seat at the Table
Beaker Street Festival’s pay-it-forward initiative, A Seat at the Table, helps make our science and art offerings accessible to those who can’t afford to purchase a ticket. Ticket buyers have the option to donate towards the cost of a stranger’s ticket. You won’t know who you’ve helped, but your donation will go directly to allowing someone else to access this great event.
Need a seat at the table? Email: [email protected] with your name, email address, post code, your age (if you don’t mind – it helps us gather data), which event you’re interested in, and whether you would like one or two tickets. Your information will never be shared or made public. If we can offer you a seat, we’ll notify you by email within a week of the event.