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Thursday, 02/08/18
  • Lecture 2: Mathematics and Computation (through the lens of one problem and one algorithm). Proving Algebraic IdentitiesIn numerous mathematical settings, an object typically has several representations. This leads to the “isomorphism problem” or “word problem”: when are two given representations equivalent. Such problems have driven much structural and algorithmic research across mathematics. We will focus on the algebraic setting, where our objects will be polynomials ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • Hard Earth Talk: Organizing Green
    How to catalyze communities to environmental action?Environmental problems have the potential to affect us all. Combating them will require changing individual behavior, from the food we eat to the way we travel. But it also will require community action: protesting to change policy, for example, and working with neighbors to ...
    Where:  Stanford Cost:  Free
  • The Human Drive to Explain
    Stephen J. Gould described humans as “the primates who tell stories.” Psychologist Robyn Dawes took it one step further, arguing that we’re "the primates whose cognitive capacity shuts down in the absence of a story.” Why are we so motivated to find a good story or explanation? Is this tendency beneficial? Cognitive ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • The Human Drive to ExplainStephen J. Gould described humans as “the primates who tell stories.” Psychologist Robyn Dawes took it one step further, arguing that we’re "the primates whose cognitive capacity shuts down in the absence of a story.” Why are we so motivated to find a good story or explanation? Is this tendency beneficial? Cognitive ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  Free
  • The Science of Cannabis: The Genetics of Cannabis BreedsThere is a rich informal taxonomy of Cannabis strains with exotic and evocative names. How do these breeds reflect the genetic relationships among different strains, and how do those genetic relationships reflect the chemical properties of the specific plants? This is critical information for the commercialization of cannabis, and there ...
    Where:  Berkeley Cost:  $40 General, $35 Members
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