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Persi Diaconis
Stanford University

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At Santa Clara University
in Daly Science room 206

on Wednesday October 2, 2002
at 7:30 pm

Amazing coincidences seem to be all around us. In this adventure we will review work of Jung and Freud and introduce some skeptical tools that show that often things aren't so amazing after all.

Persi Diaconis, born in New York, left his home at the age of 14 to tour the world as a magician. After ten years in that career, he decided to try college, and five years later he had his Ph. D. from Harvard, where he was later to be professor of mathematics, from 1996 to 1999. During 1982-87 he held a MacArthur Fellowship (one of the so-called "genius grants"). Currently he is the Mary V. Sunseri Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University.

Professor Diaconis has worked in several fields of mathematics and statistics. He has also been very active in investigating research in extrasensory perception (ESP), and in debunking psychics like Uri Geller.

How to get to Santa Clara University:
101 From US Highway 101, take the De La Cruz Boulevard/Santa Clara exit and follow the signs to El Camino and the main campus entrance.
280 From I-280, take I-880 north toward Oakland to the Alameda exit. Turn left onto The Alameda (which becomes El Camino Real) to the main campus entrance.
880 From I-880, take the Alameda exit, travel north (The Alameda becomes El Camino Real) to the main campus entrance.
Click here for a campus map.

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Last revised on 13 September 2002