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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  1 comment

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

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

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

The best medicine?
... also 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 ...
plusadmin  1 Nov 2012  09:04  0 comments

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

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

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

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

New GCE AS/Alevel Cores
... However, the existing section on the "Mathematics of Uncertainty" has been removed. This was a controversial section in 1993. It ... 15% of the total Alevel marks) which tests the candidates' understanding of the connections between different elements of mathematics. ...
plusadmin  16 Apr 2010  13:59