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The philosophy of applied mathematics

... of applicability, but it has been argued that this uncertainty over foundations has influenced the very practice of applying ... would have been on (a) survival, and (b) mating. While understanding cause and effect, and being able to count distinct objects, and ...

Article - mf344 - 24 Jun 2013 - 14:58 - 30 comments

Quantum geometry

... or so physics has been chipping away at our intuitive understanding of the space we live in. Physicists tell us that rather than ... the ordinary notion of space we're used to. Quantum uncertainty Werner Heisenberg, 1901-1976. But why ...

Article - plusadmin - 17 May 2013 - 14:40 - 3 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 - 1 comment

Measuring catastrophic risk

... investigates. The notion of uncertainty In the early 19th century, the French mathematician ... epistemikos , meaning knowledge, stems from a lack of understanding of the true behaviour of a process. In catastrophe models, ...

Article - mf344 - 11 Jul 2011 - 14:32 - 0 comments

News from the world of maths: Shine a light on dodgy stats

... As David Spiegelhalter, Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, writes on his website Understanding Uncertainty , the studies suffer from three major flaws: poor data, ...

Blog - plusadmin - 19 Aug 2010 - 19:24 - 0 comments

Quantum uncertainty

... an enormous impact on our everyday lives. It is crucial to understanding how many devices work: the transistors in our radios, the lasers ... Quantum Physics . (5, de Broglie relation, quantum uncertainty, Schrödinger equation, wave function, wave-particle duality) ...

Article - plusadmin - 12 Jul 2011 - 15:42 - 0 comments

News from the world of maths: Not so fantasy football

... consulting a statistician than a football expert. On his Understanding Uncertainty website self-confessed football un-enthusiast David Spiegelhalter ...

Blog - plusadmin - 6 Apr 2010 - 14:44 - 0 comments

News from the world of maths: We're doomed, say scientists

... killers like stroke and heart disease. In his Understanding Uncertainty blog David Spiegelhalter traces the story back to a paper in ...

Blog - plusadmin - 19 Aug 2010 - 19:24 - 0 comments

The Plus sports page: Power trip

... in the journal Physica A ; The Plus article Understanding uncertainty: The Premier League finds more randomness in sport; There ...

News - plusadmin - 23 May 2013 - 12:34 - 1 comment

Editorial

... Non-Euclidean geometry and Indra's pearls and Understanding uncertainty: a league table lottery . And for those who want to interact with ...

Article - plusadmin - 17 Jun 2010 - 11:56 - 0 comments