Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tails You Win: The Science of Chance

I remind you about tv tonight. Here is a link where you will be able to see it on BBC iplayer.

SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTARY: Tails You Win: The Science of Chance
On: BBC 4 (9)  
Date: Thursday 18th October 2012 (starting this evening)
Time: 21:00 to 22:00 (1 hour long)

Documentary in which Professor David Spiegelhalter tries to pin down what chance is and how it works in the real world. A blend of wit and wisdom, animation, graphics and gleeful nerdery is applied to the joys of chance and the mysteries of probability, the vital branch of mathematics that gives us a handle on what might happen in the future. How can you maximise your chances of living till you're 100? Why do many of us experience so many spooky coincidences? Should I take an umbrella? These are just some of the everyday questions the film tackles as it moves between Cambridge, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Reading. Spiegelhalter discovers One Million Random Digits, a book full of hidden patterns and shapes, introduces us to the unit called the micromort (a one-in-a-million chance of dying), and uses the latest infographics to demonstrate how life expectancy has increased in his lifetime and how it is affected by our lifestyle choices - drinking, obesity, smoking and exercise.
(Stereo, Widescreen, Subtitles)