Kliakhandler Lecture: From Houghton High to weird engineering, science, election decisions, and even dark matter
Professor Donald G. Saari, Distinguished Research Professor: Mathematics, Economics (Pancoe Professor Emeritus of Mathematics: Northwestern University), University of California, Irvine
Past Director: Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences
Abstract: In this expository general public talk, I outline how what I learned starting in Houghton High and Michigan Tech helped in my exploration of a wide variety of topics. This includes the surprise that we can make bad decisions --- from business, to science, to engineering, and even to elections. The reason: our choice of decision rules. Of added surprise is that by understanding what can go wrong in decisions, new insights are obtained about that compelling mystery in astronomy of "dark matter." Everyone has heard of dark matter, yet, even though we have spent billions of dollars, we really do not know what it is! Find out what it causes the mystery, and why we might have found so little.
Wednesday, September 13 at 5:00 pm
Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building, 641
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931