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Darwin Day 2019 RESCHEDULED - The Puzzle of Mazel

DARWIN DAY PROGRAM (RESCHEDULED): THE PUZZLE OF MAZEL with Prof. Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, author of the new book, “Knock on Wood: Luck, Chance, and the Meaning of Everything” 


Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, author of the bestseller Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities, was born on a Friday the thirteenth, a fact that he discovered long after he had become one of the world’s pre-eminent statisticians. Had he been living ignorantly and innocently under an unlucky cloud for all those years? Or is thirteen just another number? As a scientist and a man of reason, Rosenthal has long considered the value of luck, good and bad, seeking to measure chance and hope in formulas scratched out on chalkboards.


In his own words: After the success of my first book, "Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities", I gave lots of public talks where I spoke about everything from lotteries to opinion polls to crime statistics to medical studies.  Every once in a while, someone would ask if I believe in "luck", and if the uncertainty in our lives is truly random or is governed by such concepts as fate, destiny, superstition, astrology, ESP, and divine intervention.  After deflecting such questions for years, I finally decided to tackle them head on by writing a new book.  In this talk, I will discuss my perspective as a statistician on various stories and examples and surprises about the puzzle of luck.

  • Tuesday evening, April 2 at 7:30pm  |  Borochov Centre, 272 Codsell Ave
  • non-members welcome, $15 per person (unless you paid a non-member fee for Feb, in which case please call the office)
  • rsvp's requested; please use the online registration link provided
  • copies of the book will be available for purchase for $30
April 2nd, 2019 7:30 PM
272 Codsell Ave
Borochov Cultural Centre
Toronto, ON M3H 3X2
Event Fee(s)
Oraynu member $ 0.00
Non-member $ 15.00

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