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- Articles by Helen Joyce
André Léger studies the fluid mechanics of food travelling through the intestines for consumer goods giant Unilever.
A UK government inquiry into maths education has the statistics community worried.
Bharat Dodia tells Plus how his love of maths has taken him from turbulent times to building better IT systems for Ford.
John Allen Paulos is the man who popularised the word "innumeracy", meaning the all-too-common condition of ignorance and bewilderment about maths and numbers in general. A light, cheerful and ever-so-slightly smug look at the problem, his best-known book of the same name (reviewed in Issue 11 of Plus) traces the roots of innumeracy to poor teaching and offers suggestions for antidotes and innoculation.
In this issue we talk to maths student Emily Dixon about her university studies, and where maths might take her in the future.
"Dicing with Death" is a rarity: a book about statistics for the general public. Popular maths books are no longer uncommon, popular books on the physical sciences became a publishing phenomenon with Stephen Hawking, but popular statistics books are few and far between. Perhaps this fact is related to the poor public image of statistics, although it is difficult to say which is cause and which effect.
A new project hopes to reduce the experimental error in science teaching.
The Royal Statistical Society is calling for more effective performance monitoring.