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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. '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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Plus leaves the classroom

    ... the unwary — how to communicate and evaluate risk and uncertainty, how to explain seeming paradoxes, how to avoid the common pitfalls ... greater choice of where to have their treatment (which meant understanding the perverse incentives caused by performance monitoring and just ...

    plusadmin - 16 Jun 2010 - 15:40 - 0 comments