Sarton medal: Prof. dr. Glenn Shafer

When
13-12-2018 from 16:00 to 18:00
Where
Paviljoen Charles Vandenhove, Centrum voor Architectuur en Kunst, Rozier 1, 9000 Gent
Language
English
Organizer
Gert De Cooman
Contact
Gert.decooman@ugent.be
Website
http://www.sartonchair.ugent.be/en/lectures
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Prof. dr. Glenn Shafer (Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, USA): 'Did Blaise Pascal and Christiaan Huygens provide a game-theoretic foundation for probability?'

 

You are cordially invited to attend the Sarton lecture by Prof. Glenn Shafer (Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, USA):  

“Blaise Pascal's and Christiaan Huygens's game-theoretic foundation for probability” 

Location: Faculteit Ingenieurswetenschappen en Architectuur, Paviljoen Charles Vandenhove, Centrum voor Architectuur en Kunst, Rozier 1, 9000 Ghent. 

Date: Thursday 13 December 2018, 16:00

Abstract: The originality of Pascal's, Fermat's, and Huygens's work on mathematical probability in the 1650s is often exaggerated. Fermat's method of dividing stakes, which counted equally likely cases, had already been part of Europe's learned tradition for centuries. The game-theoretic foundations provided by Pascal and Huygens had their own antecedents in the tradition of commercial arithmetic. The success of Pascal's and Huygens's foundations for Fermat's methods can be seen as a merger of the learned and commercial traditions, set against the backdrop of the larger merger represented by the 17th century's use of algebra to reconstruct the mathematics of the ancients. This success is renewed by the modern game-theoretic foundation for probability, which supports modern measure-theoretic methods just as Pascal's and Huygens's foundations supported Fermat's methods. 

The lecture will be followed by a reception. 

You can register for this event via this link: 

https://eventmanager.ugent.be/SartonLezingGlennShafer 

Every good wish, 

prof. Gert de Cooman