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Teacher package: Maths and art
... to art. ( Physics, string theory ) Understanding uncertainty: Pure randomness in art — This article is based on a talk the ...
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Finding order in chaos
... also their future motions predicted. Crucial to this was the understanding that predictions could be made by using mathematics. This ... scale, based  almost paradoxically  on a fundamental uncertainty of the precise behaviour of subatomic particles. It is possible ...
plusadmin  26 Jul 2018  01:47  6 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 ...
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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  26 Jul 2018  22:52  2 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 ...
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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 ...
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Hubble's top five scientific achievements
... to within a factor of two. The main reason for this large uncertainty was the fact that the determination of distances in astronomy is ... the spot for more information). Consequently, a true understanding of dark energy will require a combination of observational ...
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What can birds tell us about flying through ash clouds?
... concerned with how to make good decisions when faced with uncertainty. Now, there is a widely held view that rational people will always ... This is a good thing and is a consequence of a mathematical understanding of the risks. Ignore the mathematics and airline executives ...
Marianne  27 Jul 2018  01:52  0 comments

Freedom and physics
... observation, and physical reality. Heisenberg's famous uncertainty principle states that certain physical features of a particle ... about free will might well lay outside the limits of our understanding, I mean, the question itself makes very little sense. I'll ...
Marianne  26 Jul 2018  01:47  3 comments

Career interview: Mathematical modelling consultant
... it — for example on a computer — and gain a deeper understanding of it, predict its future behaviour, or conduct experiments that ... Statistics is important here because there is a lot of uncertainty involved. You may know the exact physical and mechanical properties ...
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