Meet-Up (10/22) – Mathematical Estimation As A Skeptical Tool

Saturday October 22nd, 2011 3:30 PM to 2:00 PM

The Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics are having a meet-up on Saturday, October 22nd from 3:30 to 6:00pm at the Classic Cup Cafe.  It will feature a presentation by Dr. Aaron Santos, physicist and author of How Many Licks?: Or, How to Estimate Damn Near Anything.  The presentation will be about the value of using mathematical estimation as a skeptical tool.

We will also have a fun activity with prizes.  The first part of the meet-up will be food/snacks/beverages and socializing with others.  The presentation will begin at 4:30.

If there’s anyone who would like to get an estimation of something (anything), then please e-mail me your question, and I will forward it to Aaron for him to incorporate into the presentation.

Some examples of estimations he’s calculated:

How sensitive would a shark’s nose have to be in order to detect a drop of blood from one mile away? (inspired by the Gillette ProGlide / Shark shaving commercial)

How long would it take your body heat to raise the temperature of the room by 1° F? (inspired by the scene in Mission Impossible where Tom Cruise’s character is lowered into a room with temperature-sensitive alarms

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