David Aldous's Home Page
I have retired from Berkeley, effective end-June 2018.
I now live near Seattle and am an Affiliate Professor
(a.k.a. unpaid academic) in the
UW Mathematics Department.
However, I continue with light-duty research and professional activities.
In particular I have been updating and expanding my
open research problems page.
But I am focussing more on my ongoing "Probability and the Real World" and my
"Essays and Musings" activities, below.
Steven Pinker's recent book Rationality strikes me as
a well-written and engaging overview of a wide range of topics,
mostly relating to probability and statistics,
at a freshman level, but it is curiously lacking in novelty.
See my amazon.com review.
Outside my professional competence, except for implicit assessments of probabilities
of future catastrophes, I have reviewed the eloquent advocacy of longtermism in the
Long review of an excellent new textbook-survey
A shorter version has appeared on MathSciNet.
This field offers substantial scope for future challenging theorem-proof mathematics research.
My reviews of three highly recommended new non-technical books:
I like to think of my current research as opening up minor lines of enquiry outside the
currently active topics within mathematical probability.
Here are brief comments.
My page Essays and Musings
maintains a large collection of items
addressed to students and faculty in probability and statistics and the broader mathematical sciences.
Some recent additions:
Regarding the relationship between judgments of a submitted paper
by referees/editors and subsequent impact of the paper, measured by citations,
I have added some small-scale data to my page
Reviewer opinions versus subsequent citations.
|July 2018 official launch! Previously haphazard material now organized and expanded.
"Probability and the Real World" project
What aspects of the real world involve chance? What does mathematical probability tell us about those aspects?
What concepts from mathematical probability can be illustrated by interesting real data?
This web site records my efforts to articulate some answers to such questions.
It is aimed at readers who have either read some "popular science" style account of probability,
or taken a college course involving probability.
Short cut to
Reviews of non-technical books relating to Probability.
For the record, here is a
complete list of courses since 2001
(only the most recent version of each course is listed).
For many years I supervised these
Undergraduate Research Projects.
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