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The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day

11 March, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Coincidences happen, incredibly unlikely things occur, and the apparently miraculous comes about. The improbability principle says that such extraordinarily improbable events are commonplace. It shows that this is not a contradiction, but that we should expect identical lottery numbers to come up more than once, lightning to strike twice, and financial crashes to occur.

In our second Data Science Insights event Professor David Hand, Emeritus Professor at Imperial College London, will speak on the subject of his book, The Improbability Principle, about why incredibly unlikely things keep happening. Axel Threlfall, Lead Anchor for Reuters Television, will chair.

This event will take place in the Clore Lecture Theatre, Huxley Building.


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