Knock on Wood: The Stats and Science Behind Luck

When and Where

Friday, April 05, 2019 9:00 pm to 9:45 pm
Hong Kong Alumni | Room 360
Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship
55 St George Street, Toronto, Ontario


Jeffrey Rosenthal


Some days you feel lucky, some days you don’t. Fortune is described as an invisible feeling or force. We may feel life is mysterious and random, yet we try to circumvent the uncertainty of existence by attributing events to fate, destiny, superstition, astrology, ESP, and divine intervention. But what about the science behind “luck”? Let’s explore mathematics and statistics as tools to figure out the puzzle of luck. Can they explain deep seated beliefs, surprising coincidences, and head-scratching situations that you may have encountered? Find out how good your chances really are in life.

This talk is free but you need to register.

This talk is part of CRAM Toronto. CRAM is bringing the city’s universities together to bridge the gap between research and the public by inviting people from around the GTA to participate in a FREE night of new ideas. The first learning festival of its kind in Canada, CRAM is packed with innovative, interactive and entertaining events for the keen and curious.


55 St George Street, Toronto, Ontario