Mathematical models: Uses, abuses, and non-uses Professor Andrew Odlyzko University of Minnesota
Department of Mathematics Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:45 p.m. 101A Morgan Hall Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m.
Abstract: Models are indispensable, but have to be used with caution. Some early quantitative models, drawn from the early history of British railways and related to the ubiquitous gravity models of transportation, urban planning, spatial economics, and related areas, will be presented. They demonstrate how even clearly false models can be useful, and how sometimes they are misused or tragically not used.
Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, Visiting Lectures Committee, the School of Computer Science & Information Systems, and the Departments of Economics & Decisions Sciences and Mathematics.