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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Moody Lecture: "Identifying Lottery Scams Using Mathematics and Public Lottery Data," Skip Garibaldi

7:00 - 8:00 PM
Shanahan Center
Harvey Mudd College
320 East Foothill Boulevard
Claremont, 91711
(909) 621-8023

Skip Garibaldi will tell the story of how a journalist, two mathematicians and a statistician teamed up and used mathematics to identify people who were using the lottery as an adjunct to their illicit activities. The analysis combined old and new mathematics with on-the-ground detective work. The resulting series of journal and newspaper articles led to arrests and changes in state policy and contributed to the resignation of the head of the Florida lottery. Still, many questions remain to be investigated.Garibaldi is a mathematician known for his work on algebraic groups, especially exceptional groups such as E8; the book Cohomological invariants in Galois cohomology with Alexander Merkurjev and Jean-Pierre Serre; and his work on the lottery, which led to changes in state policy and arrests.

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