Greg Landweber: "Mathematics vs. Common Sense"
Introduced by Thomas Bartscherer
Part of the ROSTRUM series, hosted by The Language and Thinking Program at Bard College languageandthinking.bard.edu
Greg Landweber is a Associate Professor and Chair of Mathematics at Bard College. He spoke in Weis Cinema on the Bard campus on August 16, 2011.
Mark Twain popularized the saying, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." If mathematics is, as most people see it, a search for the right answer or an absolute truth, how can it be used to misrepresent the truth? And why are we so gullible? This lecture discusses several cases where mathematics is at odds with common sense, ranging from discussions in the media to classic mathematical puzzles.