Monday, 21 February 2011

Random and Pseudorandom

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Randomness is the mathematics of the unpredictable. Dice and roulette wheels produce random numbers: those which are unpredictable and display no pattern. But mathematicians also talk of 'pseudorandom' numbers - those which appear to be random but are not.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests on the BBC radio 4 series "In Our Time" discuss randomness and pseudorandomness.

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