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  1. '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

  2. 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

  3. Editorial

    ... disease, because environmental factors also come into play. Uncertainty comes into almost every aspect of the analysis, and to enable ... medical profession itself is no stranger to the language of uncertainty. New treatments and interventions are tested in controlled trials, ... David Speigelhalter's Plus column or visit the Understanding uncertainty website . ...

    plusadmin - 17 Jun 2010 - 12:03

  4. How to advise politicians

    ... more time and effort, or are they down to deeper gaps in or understanding or to processes we just can't pin down with better accuracy. ... to talk in terms of certainty. For more on risk and uncertainty see our understanding uncertainty section. ...

    Marianne - 17 Feb 2013 - 19:31 - 0 comments

  5. 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

  6. Editorial

    ... kind of material that's likely to come up in this issue's Understanding Uncertainty column and some recent news stories . The language of ...

    plusadmin - 11 Jul 2011 - 13:05

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. How to solve a problem like mathematics

    ... of enjoyment of the subject. (See the Plus article Understanding uncertainty: A league table lottery for information on the benefits and ...

    plusadmin - 7 Jul 2010 - 12:10 - 0 comments

  10. 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