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The leaning tower of PISA?
... is a statistician and Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge. And since a lot of ... extent oversimplified, so they go on to check whether the uncertainty that arises from this is acceptable. But in this case that's ...
Marianne  26 Sep 2016  14:56  0 comments

Renewable energy and telecommunications
... telecommunications industry. A mathematical understanding of stochastic processes is essential in communications science, ... as wind power, in the electricity grid, there will also be uncertainty, as we don’t know what the wind will be doing tomorrow," explains ...
Marianne  2 Feb 2017  14:30  0 comments

Births and deaths in fluid chaos
... range from the use of microfluids in nanotechnology, to understanding the flow of blood, the formation of tears in our eyes, ... progressively inaccurate as time passes. In fact, the uncertainty increases exponentially with time. This behaviour is complex, but ...
plusadmin  2 Feb 2017  15:47  0 comments

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 waveparticle ...
Marianne  12 Oct 2016  15:48  15 comments

The best medicine?
... also shows a 95% "confidence interval", which expresses the uncertainty about where the true risk lies. For most of the individual studies, ... a particular patient asking this question requires careful understanding of how individual characteristics help predict outcome. We really ...
plusadmin  2 Feb 2017  15:09  0 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 6lobed structure mathematically represent ...
plusadmin  2 Feb 2017  15:12  7 comments

Making sense of election statistics
... Approving a president David Spiegelhalter runs the Understanding Uncertainty website and has a column in Plus . Michael Blastland is ...
Marianne  18 Oct 2016  09:58  0 comments

Celebrate chance, coincidence and unlikelihood this Friday – Huntrodd's Day!
... David Spiegelhalter OBE , Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk and friend of Plus , was surprised. So surprised that ... coincidence in Spiegelhalter's Plus column or the Understanding Uncertainty site. ...
Rachel  29 Sep 2014  15:09  0 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

Maths in a minute: False positives
... is an extract from Mike Pearson and Ian Short's article Understanding uncertainty: Visualising probabilities . ...
Marianne  14 Nov 2016  11:12  1 comment