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Human beings are famously prone to error, and proof-readers are, after all, only human. But who picks up the errors a proof-reader misses? <b>John D. Barrow</b> challenges readers to estimate the errors that aren't found from the errors that are. </div>
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When most of us have an encounter with the relativity of motion it is with Galileo's sort of relativity rather than Einstein's. Who has not had the experience of sitting in a stationary railway carriage at a station, and suddenly sensing that we are in motion, only to recognise that a train on the parallel track has just moved off in the other direction and we are not moving at all?
<p>Here is another example.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/outer-space-rugby-and-relativity" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/outer-space-rugby-and-relativity#comments27independenceliterary analysisouterspaceprobabilitySat, 01 Nov 2003 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin4769 at http://plus.maths.org/contentOuter space: Independence Day
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Human beings are famously prone to error, and proof-readers are, after all, only human. But who picks up the errors a proof-reader misses? <b>John D. Barrow</b> challenges readers to estimate the errors that aren't found from the errors that are. </div>
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<p>Independence Day, July 4th, 1977 is a day I remember well. Besides being one of the hottest days in England for many years, it was the day of my D.Phil. thesis examination in Oxford. Independence, albeit of a slightly different sort, turned out to be of some importance because the first question the examiners asked me wasn't about cosmology, the subject of the thesis, at all. It was about
statistics.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/outer-space-independence-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/outer-space-independence-day#comments26independenceliterary analysisouterspaceprobabilitySun, 31 Aug 2003 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin4767 at http://plus.maths.org/contentBackgammon, doubling the stakes, and Brownian motion
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Jochen Blath and Peter Mörters </div>
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Backgammon is said to be one of the oldest games in the world. In this article, <b>Jochen Blath</b> and <b>Peter Mörters</b> discuss one particularly interesting aspect of the game - the doubling cube. They show how a model using Brownian motion can help a player to decide when to double or accept a double. </div>
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<h2>Backgammon: the game</h2>
<p>Backgammon is said to be one of the oldest games in the world. Its roots may well reach back 5,000 years, into the former Mesopotamia. From there, it spread out in variants to Greece and Rome as well as to India and China. It was played in England in 1743 when Edmond Hoyle fixed the rules for backgammon in Europe. After a revision in 1931 in the US, these rules are still in use today.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/backgammon-doubling-stakes-and-brownian-motion" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/backgammon-doubling-stakes-and-brownian-motion#comments15BackgammonBrownian motiondoubling cubedoubling strategyindependencerandom walkstochastic processstopping timestrategyMon, 30 Apr 2001 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin2183 at http://plus.maths.org/content