Voltaire's Coffee: Dr. David Laude, Associate Dean of the College of Natural Sciences Fall 2009
Mon, August 24, 2009 • 7:00 PM • This VC will be held at Professor Laude's home. Address information will be distributed to those registered in the VC.
The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow, led by Dr. David Laude, Professor of Natural Science.
About the book: This is a relatively breezy introduction to the arbitrariness of the world in which we live, from interesting historical consequences to an array of modern applications across the academic disciplines and into the modern world in which we live. You have to think to follow the book, but it is equation free, and very well written. On a certain level it is perhaps a good book to read for the control-freak in all of us that needs to be reminded that it is better to just let go.
About the professor: Dr. Laude is a Professor of Chemistry and the Student Dean in Natural Sciences. He is actually nicer than you might think, for a chemist and an administrator, and spends his spare time raising a bunch of kids, coaching youth sports teams, and surfing sports and film message boards.