NEW (August 2016). Interesting short discussion article Science in the age of selfies by Geman and Geman.
NEW March 2016. A musing On worrying about the future.
NEW January 2016. My review of Olle Haggstrom's new book Here Be Dragons: Science, Technology and the Future of Humanity.
|Semester||Course number||Topic of course||Comments|
|Fall 2016||STAT 24||Probability, outside the textbook.||Freshman seminar, emphasizing diversity of contexts where probability appears.|
|Fall 2016||STAT 98/198||Introduction to Fundamental Analysis||Student-taught DeCal course; I am only the sponsor. Link goes to the Spring 2016 course.|
|Fall 2016||STAT 205A||Probability Theory||First year graduate core course: measure-theoretic probability (first part).|
Here is the Undergraduate Advising page which includes the weekly calendar of drop-in and other advising opportunities. In addition to info on the department web site, I maintain a short page of miscellaneous links and information for undergraduates.
During Fall 2016 my weekly "drop in" office hours (no appointment needed) for advising are
The non-mathematical parts of the project are being developed as a web site, intended as a more idiosyncratic counterpart to two existing sites with somewhat related themes: Understanding Uncertainty and Chance News. The current "beta version" set of pages are sufficiently incomplete and fragmented that I don't want them quoted or linked to; but if you really want to enter the maze at your own risk, start with this cover page to the beta version.
|Probability Approximations via the Poisson Clumping Heuristic||Springer, 1989||Reversible Markov Chains and Random Walks on Graphs (with Jim Fill)||Draft chapters|
|(Warning: this is nerd humor) Big Data: the substitute for Love.||If you assume that higher-profile authors get preferential treatment from journals, read this extract from the referee report on a recent paper of mine.||1976 Cambridge photo||I wish I'd said that||Mathematical humor (original!)||2011 official photo||The nine best science fiction novels you've never heard of||2007 unofficial photo and 2013 unofficial photo||Academic vita||Most ambiguous praise I received in 2009||Impressions from my year at Microsoft Research||Why my wife calls me Le Grand Fromage .......||Obituaries of my parents||In case you doubted the proposition "you can prove anything with Big Data", I have been ranked by this website as the 365,625'th most famous person in history.||..... and the Big Apple.||The three things you need to know for success in the 21st century||40 years playing volleyball; still not perfected the block.
(photo credit 555 Photography)
Here is a written interview of me by a non-mathematician. Reporting conversation in print shows that I have an embarrassingly inarticulate stream-of-consciousness speaking style -- do not take these to be my considered opinions! And here is an audio interview of me by a mathematician (Eugene Dynkin) which I haven't heard because I hate hearing myself on tape .....
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E-mail address: aldous_AT_stat.berkeley.edu