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Breaking the Wall of Randomness : How Random Phenomena Disseminate

Author: Falling Walls Foundation.; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], ©2009.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Is there order in randomness? When we observe random phenomena in our lives, we often suspect some key that unifies them. While this impulse may be a foundation of superstition, it is also a motivation for mathematicians. In this video from the 2009 Falling Walls Conference, Wendelin Werner analyzes the large-scale behavior of random systems such as random walks, the mathematical formalization of a trajectory that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Educational films
Internet videos
Videorecording
Named Person: Wendelin Werner
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Falling Walls Foundation.; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.
OCLC Number: 829300001
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 12, 2012.
Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Part of the series Falling Walls Conference.
Credits: Features Wendelin Werner.
Target Audience: 11 & up.
Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (16 min.)) : sd., col.
Contents: Infinite Complexities (3:04) --
Central Limit Theorem (4:29) --
Random at Any Scale (5:02) --
Projection and Prediction of Dissemination (2:51)
Other Titles: How Random Phenomena Disseminate
Responsibility: Falling Walls Foundation.

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Is there order in randomness? When we observe random phenomena in our lives, we often suspect some key that unifies them. While this impulse may be a foundation of superstition, it is also a motivation for mathematicians. In this video from the 2009 Falling Walls Conference, Wendelin Werner analyzes the large-scale behavior of random systems such as random walks, the mathematical formalization of a trajectory that consists of taking successive random steps. The path traced by a molecule as it travels, the financial status of a gambler, or the propagation of a disease can all be modeled thanks to random walks, thus making Werner's intricate mathematical analysis applicable to a wide range of fields, from physics to epidemiology. For his work, Werner has been awarded the Fields Medal, one of the few awards in science even more exclusive than the Nobel Prize.

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