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).
Mission Control: We have a problem
Hear from NASA space historian Scott Pooke on some of the most spectacular almost-accidents in space history.
Through these tours, Scott has gained a unique insight into the inner workings of the NASA space program and a reputation for thoroughness in the field of spaceflight history.
Scott has traveled over 30,000 KM’s across the United States documenting over 90% of America’s flown space hardware, from the Vanguard satellite to the Space Shuttle and been granted special access to many original and historic space facilities.
Scott has conducted media interviews related to NASA activities for ABC Radio National, ABC Local radio, radio Australia, 4BC Brisbane, 6PR Perth, 2UE Sydney, the SEA FM Network, the BBC and KHOU CBS Television in Houston. In July 2012, Scott provided live commentary for the landing of the Curiosity Rover on the Martian surface to radio audiences across Australia and New Zealand. A selection of previous interviews is available in our sound Gallery.
Scott can be heard regularly on the state-wide Afternoon show with Helen Shield on 936 ABC Hobart.