This cross-disciplinary course deals with the undetermined, the unpredictable -- or what appears to be such. Among the questions that will be addressed are:
- How is randomness defined?
- How has randomness, often seen as a nuisance, become a useful resource for communication and computing? How is it generated?
- How can physicists make the astounding claim that there is real randomness in nature?
- Can our apparently free acts be predicted by monitoring the activity of the brain?