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'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, ...

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

Winding numbers: Topography and topology II

... to the other without crossing or For a deeper understanding of the problem, try researching the fundamental group . This ... fractions, dynamical systems, hyperbolic geometry, and uncertainty. Winding Numbers and Topology Thanks so much. ...

Article - mf344 - 21 May 2011 - 17:51 - 3 comments

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 ...

Article - plusadmin - 23 Oct 2012 - 14:27 - 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 ...

Article - plusadmin - 21 Dec 2012 - 12:08 - 0 comments

Pan(dem)ic?

... 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, ...

News - plusadmin - 11 Jul 2011 - 18:53 - 0 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 ... to sell the loans on for a fixed price (removing the uncertainty) to investment banks, who repackaged them as mortgage backed ...

News - plusadmin - 16 May 2012 - 11:53 - 0 comments

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 ... is a good thing and is a consequence of a mathematical understanding of the risks. Ignore the mathematics and airline executives ...

News - mf344 - 22 Jul 2010 - 10:53 - 0 comments

Editorial

... David Spiegelhalter , Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, has had a closer look at ... need to rigorously justify their claims and quantify the uncertainty involved in their models and conclusions. They can no longer pull ...

Article - plusadmin - 16 Jun 2010 - 12:56 - 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 ...

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

The best medicine?

... 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 ...

Article - plusadmin - 1 Nov 2012 - 10:04 - 0 comments