Barbarians at the Gates of Science

Ben Orlin
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
3-4 p.m.
Walker Hall, Room 103A 

This talk is free and open to the public

At the center of science, there sits a humble statistic called the p-value. It is science's castle wall, charged with letting truth through and keeping falsehood out. At least, that's the idea: in reality, an epidemic of questionable results is wracking science, and the p-value is at the heart of the crisis.

Ben Orlin is a math teacher, author and fumbling cartoonist. His first book, "Math with Bad Drawings," has been described by mathematicians such as Hannah Fry and Steven Strogatz as "glorious," "irreverent," and "staggeringly good." His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the, Slate, the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere. 

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Ben Orlin headshot for Math with Bad Drawings
Published: Oct 31, 2018 4:32pm