Next Saturday we are pleased to have Brian Basham join us to give a lecture that will touch on conditional probability and graph theory. Brian is well known to many of the country’s top problem solvers as a teaching assistant at both AwesomeMath and IdeaMath. Brian is currently a mathematics major at MIT and like many of our speakers may share his experiences of getting into and studying at a top tier university. Brian’s other accomplishments include:
- Two time USAMO qualifier
- MOSP qualifier 2007
- 1st Place HMMT Combinatorics Subject Test 2008
- AMC 10 Perfect Score 2005
Brian describes the content of his lecture in this way:
A quest to defeat the cannibals that inhabit my favorite math problem. Our journey will start with conditional probability and what it has to with medical diagnoses. We will travel into graph theory and learn how turning people into points can make problems much easier to solve. Finally we discover a concept in computer science which will help us claim victory over the cannibals and keep us from becoming dinner.
Like many of our lectures, Brian’s talk should be accessible to novice problem solvers but challenging to even the most experienced.