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Peter Kramer
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Mathematical Sciences
Peter Kramer

Professor
Ph.D. Princeton University
Applied and Computational Mathematics


Mathematical-Related Amusements

For consistently stimulating perspectives on how science (including mathematics) interacts with the rest of human life, I can recommend nothing more highly than NPR's Radiolab podcasts.  

Probability meets NCAA March Madness on the local news: a self-aggrandizing look.

Probability meets physics on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

With the presence of EMPAC, many at Rensselaer are asking...why not apply scientific methodologies to art? Well, I offer one case study undertaken by two Russian emigres in the 1990s that uses statistical analysis and focused research groups to design music and paintings that will be desired or not desired by large fractions of a target population. The piece de resistance is "The Most Unwanted Song", a work of sheer genius that they calculate, under some assumptions of independence of various taste variables, will be liked by no more than 200 people in the world. I appear to be one of them.



Personal

I have a few fairly predictable interests (chess, reading, comedy, theater, World Cup soccer, history, philosophy) beyond my academic pursuits.  The most interesting dimension to my personal life is my practice of the Baha'i Faith and participation in the activities of its New York Capital District community


Contact Information

Peter Kramer
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, New York 12180

Phone: (518) 276-6896
Fax: (518) 276-4824
Email: kramep@rpi.edu

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