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Finding Hay in Haystacks: The Power and Limits of Randomness 

When: Wed., Feb. 22, 6-7:30 p.m. 2017
Price: Free
simons.berkeley.edu/events/theoretically-speaking-avi-wigderson
Is the universe inherently deterministic or probabilistic? There is a remarkable variety of ways in which we utilize perfect coin tosses to our advantage: in statistics, cryptography, game theory, algorithms, gambling... Indeed, randomness seems indispensable! A computational theory of randomness, developed in the past three decades, gives surprising answers to these questions. Theoretically Speaking is a lecture series highlighting exciting advances in theoretical computer science for a broad general audience. No special background is assumed.

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