The RSS Glasgow local group’s AGM and Christmas lecture event for 2016 was held on the 14 December. After the AGM, the featured speaker was Professor David Hand, a senior research investigator and emeritus professor of mathematics at Imperial College, London. Professor hand is a non-executive director of the UK Statistics Authority and has twice served as president of the Royal Statistical Society (2008-2009 and 2010).
Professor Hand gave a fascinating and entertaining lecture on the topic of his book, The Improbability Principle to an audience at the University of Strathclyde's Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The event was well attended by around 40 members of the local statistical community. Professor Hand discussed in turn each of the five rules of the ‘improbability principle’ and demonstrated how events which seem improbable, possibly ‘miraculous’, such as winning the lottery twice (or being struck by lightning twice!) are actually more common than we might think.