Science & Cocktails: Randomness in science and daily life

Science & Cocktails: Randomness in science and daily life

Tuesday 5 April 2022

Tuesday 5 April 2022

In Tolhuistuin - Club

Zaal open: 19:30, Hoofdprogramma: 20:30

  • Programma half zittend, half staand

Science & Cocktails is a series of public talks by scientists with live music and smoky dry-ice chilled cocktails in your hand. This event will be in English. Be the first to know when the next Science & Cocktails Amsterdam event(s) will take place by subscribing to our newsletter.

19:30h: doors open for cocktails
19:45h: Graeme James (live music)
20:30h: Klaas Landsman (talk)
Event in English, semi-seated

Randomness in science and daily life
What does randomness mean?  What is the meaning of probability? Does absolute randomness really exist? Can we know that some phenomenon is random?  Do people get cancer by chance?

Randomness and in its wake chance, probability, and coincidence, are among the most elusive concepts we have to deal with. Everybody knows lucky examples of coincidences, like meeting your future partner or an old friend by chance. Quantum physicists claim that absolute randomness exists. Biologists say that evolution originates in random genetic mutations.  Mathematicians have proposed a totally paradoxical definition of a random number. What does this all mean? 

Klaas Landsman gives both an enlightening introduction and a firm vision on all these subjects, which will touch and give new ideas to everyone with an interest in science and philosophy.

This event is an initiative by the Dutch Institute for Emergent Phenomena (DIEP) with the support of NWA route 2. Science & Cocktails Amsterdam is presented in cooperation with Paradiso Amsterdam and acknowledges the support of New Scientist NL.

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  • Graeme James

Klaas Landsman

Klaas Landsman (1963) has been a professor of mathematical physics since 2001, initially at the University of Amsterdam and since 2004 at Radboud University. He was a postdoc at the University of Cambridge from 1989-1997, and a research fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) from 1997-2002. He has been an elected member of the KNAW since 2019. His books include Requiem voor Newton (2005), The Challenge of Chance (2016), Foundations of Quantum Theory (2017), Naar alle Onwaarschijnlijkheid (2018), and Foundations of General Relativity: From Einstein to Black Holes (2021). In 2020 he won the international FQXi essay contest on Undecidability, Uncomputability, and Unpredictability.

Graeme James

New Zealand born Graeme James currently lives in the Netherlands and shares his rich stories and musical traditions of folk there. During his exciting and dynamic live shows, Graeme plays all the instruments as a one-man band and combines electric violin, guitar, banjo, bass, piano, baritone ukulele, mandolin, accordion, harmonica and percussion with the help of a loop pedal.

Route naar Tolhuistuin

Tolhuistuin (voorheen Paradiso Noord) is gevestigd aan IJpromenade 2 in Amsterdam Noord. Vanaf Amsterdam Centraal kun je met de gratis veerpont naar de overkant, waar je na links af te hebben geslagen, tegen Tolhuistuin aanloopt. Voor clubnachten wordt de ingang aan de achterkant gebruikt (Buiksloterweg 5C), die te bereiken is via het Overhoeksplein. In het pand bevindt zich restaurant THT, dat een uitgebreide menukaart voor iedere muziekliefhebber serveert - reserveren wordt aangeraden.

Paradiso Programme