Tossing Coins

Tossing a coin is 50-50, right?

Persi Diaconis is a Stanford Math Professor - and former magician.

Just one of his claims to fame is research into the randomness of coin flips.

He helped out Numberphile with this series of videos.

First, a general discussion about why a coin toss is NOT entirely 50-50.

Second, should you catch a coin or let ut fall to the ground? The answer may surprise you.

And last, here is just some extra footage which is also interesting.

And a bonus, one of the very early Numberphile videos about coin tosses at the Super Bowl!