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Bertrand’s Paradox and the Principle of Indifference by Lydia Duan '21, Mathematics Colloquium

Wed, December 2nd, 2020
1:30 pm
- 2:15 pm

Bertrand’s Paradox and the Principle of Indifference by Lydia Duan '21, Mathematics Colloquium

Bertrand’s Paradox and the Principle of Indifference by Lydia Duan ’21, Mathematics Colloquium, Wednesday, December 2, 1:30 – 2:15 pm, talk can be accessed through the Mathematics Colloquium Glow page.

Abstract:  What is the probability that the length of a randomly selected chord in a circle is longer than the side of the equilateral triangle inscribed in it? In this talk, I will explain how three different approaches to this problem yield three different results and then discuss Edwin Jaynes’ proposed solution.

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