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How to Get Rich: 1 + 1 = 9 Million and other Math Paradoxes
Speaker: Sergey Kushnarev
Why do almost all of your Facebook friends seem to have more friends than you do? We can’t have 1 + 1 = 9 million, can we? Greek philosopher Zeno once asserted that you would never reach point B from point A.
Mathematical paradox is a statement that runs counter to one's intuition, sometimes in simple, playful ways, and sometimes in extremely esoteric and profound ways. Paradoxes can reveal what we don't understand about the world or what we assume fallaciously.
There are three types of paradoxes. One is when a statement appears contradictory even absurd, but is actually true. The other is when a statement appears true, but may be self-contradictory in fact, and hence false. And the last type of paradox is a statement that may lead to contradictory conclusions; it has no universally accepted resolution.
In this talk we will discuss different examples of paradoxes, delve more into the ideas why these paradoxes are paradoxical and what the paradoxes teach us.
About the speaker:
Sergey Kushnarev is a lecturer at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Sergey obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, USA. Prior to joining SUTD he worked for two years as a researcher at the Department of Bioengineering, NUS.