Articles Tagged 'Man Lab'


Top Gear Thursday: James May Tackles the ‘Monty Hall Problem’

On this week’s James May’s Man Lab, James takes on game theory. Or, really, game show theory. James sets out to explain the famous “Monty Hall Problem,” the counter-intuitive probability puzzle that sprang from the show Let’s Make a Deal. As you’ll remember, host Monty Hall would tell contestants to select from three doors, behind […]


Top Gear Thursday: James May Tries Herding Cats

The phrase “herding cats” is commonly used to describe endeavors in which leaders or managers try to organize or coordinate individuals (like felines) who are inherently unable to be coerced into any sort of group activity. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that herding cats is exactly what James May attempts to do in next week’s […]


Top Gear Thursday: Can James May Avenge England’s World Cup Defeat?

They said it couldn’t be done: no way could James May make a penalty kick (yes, we’re talking soccer, folks) in front of 20,000 screaming German fans. And to add to the pressure, James took the penalty at the exact spot where England was knocked out of the 2006 World Cup. It’s just another example […]


Top Gear Thursday: James May Mans Up for ‘Man Lab’

James May is on a mission. In his show James May’s Man Lab, he is striving to do nothing less than to revive our spirit of invention. That’s because, he says, after thousands of years of ingenuity, our species has lost what he says are basic human skills virtually overnight because modern society makes it […]