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Jeffrey Rosenthal is a math professor, musician, improvizational comedian and a man fascinated by the probabilities in ordinary life. In a September 2005 article in the National Post he calculated the chances that his name would be drawn in the lottery for ticket buyers at the Toronto Film Festival. In his new book, Struck by Lightning, Rosenthal has put his mathematical mind to the probability behind all kinds of everyday occurrences. From lotteries to casinos, insurance rates to crime rates, gameshows to airline crashes, cancer to SARS, Struck byLightning deconstructs the odds and oddities of chance in an understandable, relevant and irreverent exploration. (A Talk of the Town
lecture originally presented on 14-Sep-2005)