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  1. Climate change: Does it all add up?

    ... to affect all of our lives over the next fifty years. The understanding and analysis of climate change is an area where mathematicians, ... measurements, there is a lot of statistical variation and uncertainty in the data that is being measured, so long term trends can be hard ...

    mf344 - 13 Jul 2016 - 11:53 - 0 comments

  2. Reconstructing the tree of life

    ... here and instead return to our elegant theory of trees. Understanding evolutionary trees Figuring out who evolved from what and ... possible trees into a network is a way of coping with this uncertainty, so mathematicians are currently hard at work creating the ...

    plusadmin - 11 Jul 2016 - 13:46 - 0 comments

  3. Big Data

    ... and well-understood, with known levels of uncertainty. That's because they come from physical processes that, on the whole, scientists understand well. The real challenges of understanding and dealing with Big Data come from the biological sciences, the ... are now finding significant applications in our understanding of Big Data. A key example of this is the mathematics of ...

    mf344 - 30 Jun 2016 - 12:57 - 0 comments

  4. Do you know what's good for you?

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

    mf344 - 27 Jun 2016 - 14:49 - 1 comment

  5. Evaluating a medical treatment - how do you know it works?

    ... patient's personal circumstances or lifestyle. Without more understanding of what was actually happening and without taking these factors ... intervals in David Spiegelhalter's Understanding uncertainty column, or in the Little handbook of statistical practice .) ...

    plusadmin - 7 Jun 2016 - 09:46 - 1 comment

  6. Schrödinger's equation — what is it?

    ... after 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 ...

    mf344 - 17 May 2016 - 11:48 - 7 comments

  7. Reality's neverending story

    ... believes that this question could bring us closer to understanding one of the deepest mysteries in physics: How our perceived ... be. If she locates its position precisely, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle mandates that its momentum will then be unknowable. The ...

    Rachel - 31 Dec 2015 - 15:06 - 0 comments

  8. What is financial mathematics?

    ... I was interested in making good decisions in the face of uncertainty. Mathematicians have been interested in the topic of ... can read more about probability and its development on the Understanding Uncertainty site , and the Plus article Measure for ...

    plusadmin - 12 Jun 2015 - 17:15 - 21 comments

  9. Paying the price

    ... to take the more scientific approach needed for a deeper understanding of financial risks, when they were so easily bewitched by ... lenders to sell the loans on for a fixed price (removing the uncertainty) to investment banks, who repackaged them as mortgage backed ...

    plusadmin - 12 Jun 2015 - 17:16 - 0 comments

  10. Building bridges from mathematics to the City

    ... the cost of pensions might change in the future and how much uncertainty there was in those projections. The programme, says Cairns, gave ... "The real problem in the credit crisis was a lack of understanding and communication of assumptions and limitations of the models," ...

    mf344 - 12 Jun 2015 - 17:15 - 0 comments