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Nerd Nite London is a monthly event where three speakers give 18-21 minute fun-yet-informative talks across all disciplines, while the audience drinks along.

Address: The Gallery, Stoke Newington Library, Edwards Lane, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0JS

Details: Saturday June 4th.

Tickets: £6 available here

Doors open 7.30pm

This month Nerd Nite London are hanging out at the legendary Emilies’ bar as part of Stoke Newington Literary Festival. Join us as we get mathematical advice on the perfect bet, training in how to rebuild the world from scratch and hear the surprisingly controversial origin story of the London A-Z.

The perfect bet

From the statisticians forecasting sports scores to the intelligent bots beating human poker players, science has revolutionised gambling. But gambling has also had a huge impact on scientific research, shaping everything from probability to game theory and artificial intelligence. This presentation looks at the long, tangled history of betting and science, and explains why gambling continues to generate insights into luck and decision-making today.

Adam Kucharski is a mathematician at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and an award-winning science writer. Most of his friends won’t bet with him anymore.

On the Origin of the A to Z

The creation of the first indexed street map, and the familiar A to Z, is attributed to Phyllis Pearsal, but is this accurate? This presentation will recount the heavily romanticised and surprisingly controversial origin story of a now, basically, redundant icon and discuss the incredible life story of Mrs A to Z. It will also contain lots of pictures of maps.

Cerys is a PhD student at UCL who gets lost extremely frequently. Unfortunately, this has only ever resulted in sore feet and being late, and never in the creation of a British Institution.

How to rebuild the world from scratch

Living in the modern world, we have become disconnected from the basic processes that support our lives, as well as the beautiful fundamentals of science that enable you to relearn things for yourself. This presentation will provide details on most important lessons covered in ‘The Knowledge’ – a grand thought experiment on the behind-the-scenes fundamentals of how our world works, and what drove the progression of civilisation over the centuries.

Dr Lewis Dartnell (lewisdartnell.com) is a UK Space Agency research fellow at the University of Leicester. He also holds an STFC Science in Society Fellowship, and alongside his astrobiology research writes regular science articles in newspapers and magazines, and has appeared in TV shows such as BBC Stargazing Live, Wonders of the Universe and Horizon. ‘The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch’ (the-knowledge.org) is his third book

All proceeds from Nerd Nite go to charity. This month we are joining forces with Stoke Newington Literary Festival to support a range of adult and child literacy projects in Hackney. More information about Nerd Nite London can be found by following us on Twitter @nerdnitelondon, liking us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NerdNiteLondon or visiting www.london.nerdnite.com

More information about Stoke Newington Literary festival at http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/ or @StokeyLitFest