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Maths on Trial - How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom

Coralie Colmez talks about how maths may be an unexpected protagonist in criminal trials, but it has in fact made countless controversial appearances over the years.

From the famous stories of Sally Clark and Alfred Dreyfus to forgotten accusations of theft in the 60s, examples are rife of cases where expert witnesses and juries’ mathematical misconceptions have resulted in grave miscarriages of justice. The growing importance of DNA evidence means that maths is playing an ever greater part in court; now is a good time to reflect on how numbers should be used in the justice system.
Coralie Colmez was raised in Paris and studied maths at Cambridge University. She recently co-authored “Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom” with her mother, Leila Schneps. This talk focuses on a few of the cases covered in the book, as well as new research.


Coralie Colmez | talks | www


Date and Time:

3 November 2013 at 11:00 am


1 hour 30 minutes



Conway Hall
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
0207 242 8034

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