Saturday November 22: Anarchy and 24

Advanced Series
Title: The Price of Anarchy (Game Theory)
Speaker: Steven Kwon
Time & Date: 2 pm – 3 pm, Saturday November 22
Location: Princeton Public Library, Story Room (third floor)
Abstract:
We all like being able to choose what we do in life, based on what we feel will be best for us. However, is this actually the most optimal for us, or would it be better if one unbiased person told everyone what to do? Join us this week as we learn how game theory can show that sometimes, our freedom of choice can act against us. This phenomenon, which is described by mathematicians as “the price of anarchy,” appears both theoretically and in the real world today. Through several mathematical games, including the famous “Prisoner’s Dilemma,” we will learn exactly how high the price of anarchy can be.
Chili peppers difficulty: 2 out of 4
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Recreational Series
Title: The Game of 24
Leader: Andy Loo
Time & Date: 3:14 pm – 4 pm, Saturday November 22
Location: Princeton Public Library, Story Room (third floor)
Description: We will play the mathematical card game “24,” looking at a couple of rather tricky examples.
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