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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, 19011976. But why ...
plusadmin  26 Mar 2015  09:20  5 comments

What are the odds?
... includes Plus ) and Winton Programme for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, is addressing this ... Understanding of Risk and author of the Understanding uncertainty column on Plus . "The use of technology and handson ...
plusadmin  11 Jul 2011  18:50  0 comments

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

Influenza virus: it's all in the packaging!
... 1918 pandemic is unclear and an interesting current topic). Understanding packaging is key to understanding reassortment. Let me count ... different segments. As a mathematician, I always found this uncertainty slightly puzzling, as the numbers immediately suggest random ...
plusadmin  11 Jun 2015  16:18  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 ...
mf344  3 Jun 2015  12:32  2 comments

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

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

Teacher package: Maths and art
... to art. ( Physics, string theory ) Understanding uncertainty: Pure randomness in art — This article is based on a talk the ...
plusadmin  12 Jun 2014  15:56  0 comments

News from the world of maths: When science goes bad...
... on the night. The lecture is brought to you by Understanding Uncertainty , the Winton programme for the public understanding of risk at ...
plusadmin  19 Aug 2010  19:25  0 comments

Do you know what's good for you? — The maths of infectious diseases
... some of the mathematical developments that have improved our understanding and predictive ability. Read more... Swine flu uncertainty When a new infectious disease has broken out, how do you get ...
mf344  12 Jun 2014  15:55  0 comments