Monday, 1 December 2014

The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day

We are repeating this event on Tuesday 19 May in partenrship with Conway Hall. Details and tickets are available from the following link: The Improbability Principle 19 May 2015.

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 26 February 2015
This event has now sold out. Sorry if you did not get a ticket. We will hopefully be booking it again this year. Please watch this space!
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street
Coincidences happen, incredibly unlikely things occur, and the apparently miraculous comes about. The improbability principle says that such extraordinarily improbable events are commonplace. It shows that this is not a contradiction, but that we should expect identical lottery numbers to come up more than once, lightning to strike twice, and financial crashes to occur.

Professor David J. Hand is Senior Research Investigator and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College, London. His applications interests include psychology, physics, and the retail credit industry - he and his research group won the 2012 Credit Collections and Risk Award for Contributions to the Credit Industry. He was made OBE for services to research and innovation in 2013.

His latest book, The Improbability Principle, appeared in February 2014.
Improbability
Each regular gathering starts with the Fortmanteau by Scott Wood, our with our monthly round-up of fortean news stories from the month.

The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day facebook page.

We are repeating this event on Tuesday 19 May in partenrship with Conway Hall. Details and tickets are available from the following link: The Improbability Principle 19 May 2015.

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 26 February 2015
This event has now sold out. Sorry if you did not get a ticket. We will hopefully be booking it again this year. Please watch this space!
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street

'The Terror of London': Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press

We are repeating this event on Tuesday 30 June in partnership with Conway Hall. Details and tickets are available from the following link:  The Terror of London: Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 29 January 2015
£3 / £2 concessions.
This event has now sold out. Sorry if you did not get a ticket. We will hopefully be booking it again this year. Please watch this space!
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street

One of London's greatest monsters, Spring-heeled Jack has held the city's imagination in his claws since he first appeared as "a ghost, a bear, and a devil" right up to contemporary comics and internet radio dramas 
featuring the leaping horror of legend.

This talk explores Spring-heeled Jack’s appearances in and relationship to Victorian London. It considers his origins in the capital, and the way the metropolitan press gave life to a strange urban legend that went on to terrorise the rest of the country.

Dr Karl Bell is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth. He has published on a variety of topics linked to magic and the supernatural in nineteenth-century Britain. He is the author of two books, 'The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England' 1780-1914' (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and 'The Legend of Spring-heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Cultures' (Boydell and Brewer, 2012). The latter won the 2013 Katharine Briggs Award.


Each regular gathering starts with the Fortmanteau, our with our monthly round-up of fortean news stories from the month. 



We are repeating this event on Tuesday 30 June in partnership with Conway Hall. Details and tickets are available from the following link:  The Terror of London: Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press




'The Terror of London': Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press event Facebook page

8pm (doors 7.30pm)

Thursday 29 January 2015
£3 / £2 concessions.
This event has now sold out. Sorry if you did not get a ticket. We will hopefully be booking it again this year. Please watch this space!
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR

Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street