News from the world of maths: Planet of the spoons

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Planet of the spoons

Good science is all about good method. Every scientific study worth its salt should begin with a clearly delineated question to be investigated, followed by the systematic gathering of evidence (often involving the use of statistics), and concluding with a sober-headed interpretation of evidence found.

Plus recently came across an excellent example of correct scientific method in the British Medical Journal, which we would like to share with our readers. The paper in question is a longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute.

Plus is thinking of launching a complementary study into a phenomenon often observed in the Plus offices: the spontaneous acquisition of dirty tea cups.

posted by Plus @ 1:49 PM


At 10:45 PM, Blogger westius said...

When I packed up to leave the UK, I found 10 forks, 4 spoons and 1 knife that weren't mine that had somehow migrated from work (not Plus) to home. I returned them without fuss before I left!

On the other hand, various workplaces over time have scored my tea towels and Tupperware, and I'm still looking for that rugby ball...