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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. '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

  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. Tying it all up

    ... the whole paraphernalia of modern technology relies on the understanding these two theories bring, they are mutually incompatible, because ... statements from quantum mechanics is the Heisenberg uncertainty principle . This is the principle that, at the very tiny (quantum) ...

    plusadmin - 30 Jun 2010 - 11:36 - 1 comment

  6. '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

  7. Paul the psychic octopus is back!

    ... Paul's contribution to the 2010 World Cup in our article Understanding uncertainty: how psychic was Paul? . ...

    Rachel - 17 Jun 2014 - 11:14 - 0 comments

  8. Pan(dem)ic?

    ... to The Lancet , Jenkins got hype confused with scientific uncertainty: in the face of the many unknowns that come with this new virus, ... the face of so many uncertainties? The biological side — understanding the virus and producing vaccines — is down to life scientists, ...

    plusadmin - 11 Jul 2011 - 18:53 - 0 comments

  9. 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 sub-atomic particles. It is possible ...

    plusadmin - 11 Jul 2011 - 13:23 - 6 comments

  10. 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 ...

    plusadmin - 12 Jun 2014 - 15:07 - 0 comments