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Pythagoras' Revenge by Arturo Sangalli

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Chapter 11

RANDOMNESS EVERYWHERE

McGill University’s main campus is located in downtown Montreal, at the foot of the Mont Royal hill, the city’s principal landmark. Just beyond the semicircular stone-and-iron entrance gate and on the right sits Burnside Hall, a box-shaped concrete building housing the mathematics and statistics department.

At two o’clock on a sunny afternoon in mid-April 1998, Burnside Hall’s main auditorium was almost packed, even though the lecture was not scheduled to start until 3:30. The speaker’s reputation had attracted an unusually large crowd for a mathematics talk. Its title, “Randomness at the Heart of Mathematics,” had aroused the interest of local and out-of-town mathematicians and computer scientists, who suspected ...

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