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  1. 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

  2. '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

  3. 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 ...

    plusadmin - 16 Jun 2010 - 12:56

  4. 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 ...

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

  5. 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

  6. 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 ... marks the spot for more information). Consequently, a true understanding of dark energy will require a combination of observational ...

    plusadmin - 13 Apr 2011 - 17:38 - 3 comments

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

    Marianne - 22 Jul 2010 - 10:53 - 0 comments

  8. From restaurants to climate change

    ... to anything from investigating diners' tipping behaviour to understanding climate change and genetics. These days tips are ... is represented by the line, and the grey band indicates uncertainty about the line. Because size takes integer values, and we are ...

    plusadmin - 19 May 2010 - 17:01 - 0 comments

  9. 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

  10. Coincidence, correlation and chance

    ... pattern rather than randomness, certainty rather than uncertainty, existence rather than nonexistence, predator in the bushes rather ... is one way we're easily misled when it comes to our understanding of probability. The thing to remember is that rare things happen ...

    plusadmin - 18 May 2011 - 14:12 - 0 comments