Programs & Events

Science Cafe: Monte Carlo with Dice

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Science Talks
May. 9, 2013 | Thursday, 7:00pm
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Discussion begins at 7pm followed by Q&A
Location: Nature Research Center - The Daily Planet Café

Dice cup and diceMonte Carlo experiments are a broad class of step-by-step procedures for calculations that are based on repeated random sampling.  It is a method similar to actually playing and recording your results in a real casino situation; hence the name. The Monte Carlo method can solve almost any problem in science or engineering — and can be fun, too! It is used to find oil, study planets, develop cancer treatments, support national defense, enhance nuclear power, and much more. In this Café, you will use the Monte Carlo method and a pair of dice to predict how dangerous radiation spreads without having to touch the stuff!  We finish our café with a demonstration allowing us to hold a Monte Carlo code in our hands. 

About our visiting speaker

John Hendricks is a native of Hollywood, California, and received his BS and MS degrees from the University of California (Los Angeles) and PhD from MIT, all in nuclear engineering. He has spent most of his career at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico developing the MCNP/MCNPX Monte Carlo radiation transport codes.