Randomness a key in spread of disease, other ‘evil’

ITHACA, N.Y. – An unfortunate church dinner more than 100 years ago did more than just spread typhoid fever to scores of Californians. It led theorists on a quest to understand why many diseases – including typhoid, measles, polio, malaria, even cancer – take so much longer to develop in some affected people than in […]

Odds of a perfect NCAA bracket? 1-in-9.2 quintillion

As basketball fans around the country finalize their NCAA brackets today, John Pike, a professor of mathematics at Cornell University who specializes in probability and statistics, offers some advice to increasing your perfect bracket probability. Pike says:   “The 1-in-9.2 quintillion estimate is based on the assumption that each guess of a particular game outcome […]