The people have spoken! But what did they mean, and what does that mean? – Birmingham Popular Maths Lecture

Watson Building - Lecture Theatre A (R15 on campus map)
Wednesday 27 February 2019 (19:00-20:00)

Eleanor Mestel, Outreach and Schools Liaison Officer

A Birmingham Popular Maths Lecture from Dr Arnaud Lionnet

Please note the date of this lecture has changed from Wednesday 27 March to Wednesday 27 February.

Voting is easy, right? Everyone says what their favourite choice is, and whichever has most votes wins. This is far from being the only way to vote though – it is merely one of the worst ones.

But wait, how does one compare a voting method to another? Which one is the best at finding the "will of the people"? And are we sure people actually say what they think when they vote?

I will explain why satisfactorily aggregating individual preferences into a collective choice is essentially impossible, analyse the politics in Game of Thrones and suggest that adding randomness in election results might be the most sensible thing to do!


 The Birmingham Popular Maths Lecture series runs in the Watson Building (School of Mathematics) on the last Wednesday of each month, arriving from 6.30pm onwards for a 7pm start.

The Birmingham Popular Mathematics Lectures are open to all members of the public and the University who are interested in the study of Mathematics. They are particularly suitable for those studying Mathematics at A Level and we also welcome advanced GCSE students. Young people are welcome on their own, with parents or with a school group.

Registration is not required, though those travelling in a minibus should get in touch to confirm parking.

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