MATC Mathematics Club
Lecture #124

Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin

Spring 2013 Presentation #124 (March 15, 2013)

Professor John Beam, UW-Oshkosh

"Probability Does Not Exist!"

Previous Lecture: (Moviemaking Magic and Mishaps)

Abstract: Less than 100 years ago, probability was not widely regarded as a legitimate  branch of mathematics, because no one had given the concept a solid definition. Bruno de Finetti was one of the first mathematicians to provide such a definition; but at the same time, he proclaimed, Probability does not exist.  We will try to decide whether he was right... or whether he was right.

Biography:

John Beam is an Associate Professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Miami in 2002. His research interests include probability theory and mathematics education. One of John's favorite hobbies is watching movies and learning about how they are made.

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Beam, J., Lotteries, The Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society, Eds. Sarah J. Greenwald and Jill E. Thomley, Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2011.

Beam, J., Probabilistic expectations on unstructured spaces, Communicating Mathematics,
11-24, Contemporary Mathematics 479, American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 2009.

Beam, J., Unfair gambles in probability, Statistics and Probability Letters 77 (2007), 681-686.
(Available online at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167715206003361.)

Seaman, C., J. Szydlik, S. Szydlik, and J. Beam, A comparison of pre-service elementary teachers’ beliefs about mathematics and teaching mathematics: 1968 and 1998, School Science and Mathematics, 105 (2005), 197-207.


 

 

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