Ever seen something happen in your life that is just too random and unlikely to be anything but a coincidence?
NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast recently did a piece on the mathematics behind coincidence. And can you believe that somebody shared it with me and now I’m sharing it with you? What are the odds?
Listen to the podcast above. Explain in a paragraph the mathematics behind the woman who won the lottery four times. How did the mathematician explain how the odds went from “incomprehensible” to simply “exceedingly unlikely”? In a second paragraph explain an event in your own life that appeared “coincidental”; come up with a mathematical explanation/hypothesis of why it might not be such an unlikely occurrence after all.