[Computational Complexity] The Life of the Party
- Being a Math/CS professor is generally the kiss of death at any large social event. But thanks to the movie 21, for one short moment, I was the center of attention.
I haven't seen the movie yet, but apparently there is a scene where an MIT Professor (played by Kevin Spacey) uses the Monty Hall problem to help choose his blackjack team. So I helped explain why it makes sense to switch doors.
The movie had more math, basically simple card counting techniques to give an advantage at the blackjack tables. Any movie like this that glorifies mathematicians help our community, even if they just use math to win money at casinos.
In fact, our family was invited to another party earlier this week where the guest of honor was one of the members of the original blackjack team that the movie was based on. Being a mathematician is cool again, at least for a couple of weeks.
Posted By Lance to Computational Complexity at 4/24/2008 06:05:00 AM