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Celebrate chance, coincidence and unlikelihood this Friday – Huntrodd's Day!

... David Spiegelhalter OBE , Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk and friend of Plus , was surprised. So surprised that ... coincidence in Spiegelhalter's Plus column or the Understanding Uncertainty site. (coincidence) ...

Blog - Rachel - 29 Sep 2014 - 15:09 - 0 comments

Understanding uncertainty: Infinite monkey business

... David Spiegelhalter is Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge. David and his team run the Understanding uncertainty website, which informs the public about issues involving risk ...

Article - plusadmin - 29 Jul 2014 - 14:37 - 2 comments

Imaging maths - Inside the Klein bottle

... about orientability of surfaces is one of the keys to understanding and classifying surfaces and manifolds in topology. A ... With three values, 81, the speed of light, and a secret "uncertainty" number, I can make this 6-lobed structure mathematically represent ...

Article - plusadmin - 18 Jul 2014 - 13:14 - 6 comments

Schrödinger's equation — what is it?

... the work of many scientists, including the theoretical understanding provided by James Clerk Maxwell , we discovered that light ... nature of electrons (see the Plus article Quantum uncertainty ). One of the most famous demonstrations of wave-particle ...

Article - mf344 - 22 Oct 2012 - 13:31 - 3 comments

Is time travel allowed?

... away. They are a consequence of the quantum mechanical uncertainty principle : if, at one moment of time, there are no fluctuations ... To learn the truth, we physicists must develop a deeper understanding of quantum theory in warped spacetime than we now have — i.e. a ...

News - plusadmin - 23 Oct 2012 - 15:14 - 12 comments

Queen's Birthday Honours for David Spiegelhalter and Helen Mason

... — David Spiegelhalter is Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, and has been knighted for ... risk'. He started the brilliant project Understanding Uncertainty , writes public articles, lectures to public and school audiences ...

Blog - jemh4 - 17 Jun 2014 - 16:28 - 0 comments

Paul the psychic octopus is back!

... Paul's contribution to the 2010 World Cup in our article Understanding uncertainty: how psychic was Paul? . ...

Blog - Rachel - 17 Jun 2014 - 11:14 - 0 comments

Teacher package: Statistics and probability theory

... games of chance, sports, and strange coincidences; Understanding life — This category explores how stats and probability are ... that they are cheating? Understanding uncertainty: how psychic was Paul? — England's performance in the 2010 ...

Packages - plusadmin - 12 Jun 2014 - 16:00 - 0 comments

Do you know what's good for you? — The maths of infectious diseases

... of the mathematical developments that have improved our understanding and predictive ability. Read more... Swine flu uncertainty When a new infectious disease has broken out, how do you get ...

Packages - mf344 - 12 Jun 2014 - 15:55 - 0 comments

Teacher package: Maths and art

... art. ( Physics, string theory ) Understanding uncertainty: Pure randomness in art — This article is based on a talk the ...

Packages - plusadmin - 12 Jun 2014 - 15:56 - 0 comments