$\vec{w}h\alpha\mathfrak{t}\;\; i\mathbb{S}\ldots$

randomness good for?

Shagnik Das (FU Berlin)
2017/01/23, 13:00
Before the BMS Friday Colloquium by Prof. Dietrich Stoyan
Urania Berlin, at the BMS Loft (3rd floor)
About what?

We all know that randomness has several useful applications, ranging from quantum physics to cryptography to experimental design. What, though, does it offer the poor pure mathematician, who cannot afford a quantum computer, has nothing to hide, and has even less interest in real-world phenomena? In this talk we will give a partial answer to this question by demonstrating the use of the probabilistic method in extremal combinatorics. No prior knowledge of combinatorics is necessary, although some familiarity with colours — in particular, red and blue — could be useful.