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Paul the psychic octopus is back!

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

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

Reconstructing the tree of life

... and instead return to our elegant theory of trees. Understanding evolutionary trees Figuring out who evolved from what and ... possible trees into a network is a way of coping with this uncertainty, so mathematicians are currently hard at work creating the ...

Article - plusadmin - 12 Jun 2014 - 14:24 - 0 comments

Teacher package: Maths and art

... art. ( Physics, string theory ) Understanding uncertainty: Pure randomness in art — This article is based on a talk the ...

Packages - plusadmin - 12 Jun 2014 - 15:56 - 0 comments

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) ...

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

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 ...

Article - plusadmin - 13 Apr 2011 - 17:38 - 1 comment

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 ...

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

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' ...

Packages - mf344 - 17 Aug 2012 - 13:05 - 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

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

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