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Knock on Wood - Luck, Chance, and the Meaning of Everything

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Are life's uncertainties random? Or are they governed by concepts of fate, destiny, superstition, astrology, or divine intervention?

For the next the Centre for Inquiry's "Teach the Controversy" speaker series, Jeffrey Rosenthal, professor of statistics at University of Toronto, will explore the world of luck, fate and chance.

As a scientist and a man of reason, Jeffrey Rosenthal has long considered the value of luck, good and bad, seeking to measure chance and hope in formulas scratched out on chalkboards. Knock on Wood has been compared to the works of "Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Daniel Levitin with a twist of Bill Bryson...a lighthearted, entertaining and fateful exploration of luck in everyday life".

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We have copies of Knock on Wood available for advance purchase; there will be an opportunity to have then signed by the author after the talk.

About the Author:
Jeffrey S. Rosenthal is a professor of statistics at the University of Toronto. He received his BSc in mathematics, physics, and computer science from the University of Toronto at the age of 20; his PhD in mathematics from Harvard University at the age of 24; and tenure at the age of 29. He has received teaching awards at both Harvard and U of T. Rosenthal’s first book, Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities, was a national bestseller in Canada and was published in 14 countries and in 10 languages.

For more information, check out CBC Radio's interview with Dr Rosenthal on The Current - audio

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