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  1. From neurobiology to online gaming

    ... example by recognising statistical patterns and quantifying uncertainty using probabilities. The NNM programme grew out of the recognition ... is David Spiegelhalter , Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk and Senior Scientist at the Biostatistics Unit in the ...

    mf344 - 19 Jul 2012 - 12:29 - 0 comments

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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 - 2 comments

  6. 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

  7. Nobel mathematics

    ... a controlled process called programmed cell death . Understanding this process has great biological and medical importance - cancer ... work on how people make decisions in the face of uncertainty and risk. The other winner, Vernon Smith of George Mason ...

    plusadmin - 11 Jul 2011 - 19:00 - 0 comments

  8. Winding numbers: Topography and topology II

    ... deformed 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. Topology ...

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

  9. 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

  10. 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 ...

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