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  1. 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

  2. Teacher package: Mathematics in sport

    ... Isner-Mahut mega set at Wimbledon? Understanding uncertainty: How psychic was Paul — How likely is it that Paul the octopus' ...

    mf344 - 17 Aug 2012 - 13:05 - 0 comments

  3. The philosophy of applied mathematics

    ... question of applicability, but it has been argued that this uncertainty over foundations has influenced the very practice of applying ... would have been on (a) survival, and (b) mating. While understanding cause and effect, and being able to count distinct objects, and ...

    mf344 - 24 Jun 2013 - 14:58 - 30 comments

  4. 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

  5. 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 - 5 comments

  6. 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 - 21 Dec 2012 - 11:08 - 0 comments

  7. 'Superposition'

    ... illustrates a central difficulty with our quest for understanding. To be successful it necessitates abstraction, beautifully ... together the whole text. It reminded us of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle: you can never have all the information you want, ...

    Rachel - 1 Jun 2013 - 12:54 - 0 comments

  8. 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 ...

    mf344 - 19 Jul 2012 - 12:27 - 0 comments

  9. 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 ...

    mf344 - 23 Oct 2012 - 14:10 - 3 comments

  10. Editorial

    ... , individuals and organisations committed to the public understanding of mathematics, that enables us to bring you new stories from the ... advised to use a common sense approach to physics — the uncertainty principle doesn't apply to toilets. Mathematics has a more ...

    plusadmin - 23 Oct 2012 - 14:27