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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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," ...

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

  5. 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 ...

    Marianne - 3 Jun 2015 - 12:32 - 2 comments

  6. Is time travel allowed?

    ... go 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 ...

    plusadmin - 18 May 2015 - 13:11 - 15 comments

  7. 'Deciphering the cosmic number'

    ... in the human psyche". It's an individual's pleasure in understanding nature that allows these archetypes to emerge from the ... clairvoyance. Jung found this idea mirrored in Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, which asserts that at a quantum level, the world is not ...

    plusadmin - 22 Apr 2015 - 17:24 - 0 comments

  8. 'An accidental statistician'

    ... surfaces , with Norman Hunter (1987). It expresses a key understanding behind statistical modelling — and it applies to broader ... Kevin is an occasional contributor to the Understanding Uncertainty website . Review by  Kevin McConway ...

    Marianne - 20 Apr 2015 - 14:58 - 1 comment

  9. 'Quantum theory: A very short introduction'

    ... rush of discoveries in the 1920s – including Hiesenberg's uncertainty principle, the probabilistic nature of quantum theory and ... mind of the scientist, whose ambition is to gain the maximum understanding of what is happening in the physical world. To settle for less ...

    Rachel - 20 Apr 2015 - 15:04 - 0 comments

  10. Quantum geometry

    ... years or so physics has been chipping away at our intuitive understanding of the space we live in. Physicists tell us that rather than ... than the ordinary notion of space we're used to. Quantum uncertainty Werner Heisenberg, 1901-1976. But why ...

    plusadmin - 26 Mar 2015 - 09:20 - 5 comments