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  • Ivars Peterson’s The Jungles of Randomness (insert bad joke about Isabel being your safari guide)
  • Random (as defined by Merriam-Webster Online): without definite aim, direction, rule, or method 
    • The movement of molecules responsible for smell
    • Replication of viral protein coats
    • Flip of a coin or toss of a die
  • Scientists and a history of the study of randomness.
  • No field is exclusion of any other. Biology and mathematics both have applications stemming from the study of randomness.
  • If one can disrupt the growth of the viral coat, one may have an innovative approach to medicine.
  • Randomness and order. Where do they meet?
  • Oscillators can affect each other. The swinging pendulums of two clocks placed side-by-side will eventually synch their motion.
  • Particular types of fireflies in Asia can synch their flashes even when their numbers are thousands.
  • Oscillators can degrade to a state of disorder, losing synchronicity.
  • This intersection offers the thought that nothing is exclusive of anything else.
  • Industry of randomness. Creating a random number generator is easier said than done.
    • People often hold the misconceived idea
    • that events which are unpredicted or unpredictable by humans are random. Lack of understanding is not the same as randomness.
  • Do things happen for a reason? Delightful or horrific coincidence is simply the product of chance.
  • “ [A] boy caught a ten-pound cod […] and presented [it] to his grandmother. When the grandmother opened up its stomach she found inside a diamond ring – a family heirloom that she had lost while fishing […] ten years earlier.”
  • In a room of twenty-three people, the chances of any two people sharing a birthday are 50/50.
  • 2 + 2 = 3
  • Randomness as a philosophical question.
  • Is true randomness comprehensible from a human perspective?