Mathematics 24, Section 1

Using Random Walks in the Physical and Social Sciences (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor F. Alberto Grunbaum
Thursday 10:00-12:00, 939 Evans Hall, Class number: 16388

Random walks (whatever they are) have been used as models to understand all sorts of phenomena. More recently this has been enriched with the introduction of so-called "quantum walks." I will explain what this is all about and illustrate some of the surprising results one can explain with these tools by looking at the so called Parrondo's paradox (you may want to Google this one).

Instructor Bio

Alberto Grunbaum is a Professor in the Mathematics Department at UC Berkeley. His fields of expertise include analysis, probability, integrable systems and medical imaging.

Faculty web site: http://math.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/f-alberto-gruenbaum