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Understanding uncertainty: Breast screening, a statistical controversy

... about statistics, mathematical modelling, scientific uncertainty and risk communication. This is very topical: newspapers and the ... about Science , a UK charity trying to improve public understanding of science, have recently released a guide to screening . ...

Article - plusadmin - 16 May 2012 - 11:43 - 0 comments

Teacher package: Statistics and probability theory

... games of chance, sports, and strange coincidences; Understanding life — This category explores how stats and probability are ... that they are cheating? Understanding uncertainty: how psychic was Paul? — England's performance in the 2010 ...

Packages - plusadmin - 1 Dec 2014 - 12:24 - 0 comments

Is time travel allowed?

... away. They are a consequence of the quantum mechanical uncertainty principle : if, at one moment of time, there are no fluctuations ... To learn the truth, we physicists must develop a deeper understanding of quantum theory in warped spacetime than we now have — i.e. a ...

News - plusadmin - 18 May 2015 - 13:11 - 14 comments

Imaging maths - Inside the Klein bottle

... about orientability of surfaces is one of the keys to understanding and classifying surfaces and manifolds in topology. A ... With three values, 81, the speed of light, and a secret "uncertainty" number, I can make this 6-lobed structure mathematically represent ...

Article - plusadmin - 6 Jan 2015 - 15:08 - 7 comments

Understanding uncertainty: A league table lottery

... instalment of David Spiegelhalter's regular column called Understanding uncertainty. League tables are controversial and for good reason. Few ...

Article - plusadmin - 16 May 2012 - 11:47 - 2 comments

Schrödinger's equation — what does it mean?

... seems to be an obstacle to the advancement of scientific understanding. The consciousness of a snail or any non-human animal would be of ... quantum mechanics, quantum physics, quantum uncertainty, Schrödinger equation, wave function, wave function collapse, ...

Article - mf344 - 22 Oct 2012 - 13:32 - 5 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 - 26 Mar 2015 - 10:20 - 5 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 - 28 Apr 2015 - 15:23 - 6 comments

Do you know what's good for you - what's the best medicine?

... spun by the media. Read more... Understanding uncertainty: small but lethal Comparing and communicating small lethal ...

Packages - mf344 - 15 Dec 2014 - 13:37 - 0 comments

The physics of elementary particles: Part I

... there are elements in the chemical table! It has taken an understanding of mathematical symmetry combined with experiments into ... their range to very short distances (a consequence of the uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics). In collisions at relatively low ...

Article - mf344 - 3 Jun 2015 - 12:32 - 2 comments