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NOVA: Prediction By The Numbers

Airs Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Author and mathematician Keith Devlin discusses probability theory, which aro...

Credit: Courtesy of Cara Feinberg

Above: Author and mathematician Keith Devlin discusses probability theory, which arose from games of chance like flipping coins and throwing dice.

Can we forecast the future?

Discover how predictions underpin nearly every aspect of our lives and why some succeed spectacularly while others fail.

Explore entertaining real-world challenges, and join experts as they tackle that age-old question on "Prediction By The Numbers."

Prediction By The Numbers: Prologue

Discover why some predictions succeed and others fail as experts forecast the future.


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