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Safety in Numbers: The Birthday Paradox

This time, Safety in Numbers celebrates its birthday the only way it knows how – but it’s not the only one… The Birthday Paradox is more than slightly counterintuitive in that it goes against everything we assume about probability.

Brexit and chill

Search for Brexit on Google and you can expect 165,000,000 (and counting) hits in just 0.33 seconds which is some achievement for a term that was first coined in June 2012, according to the online MacMillan Dictionary…

Forget Brexit, what about BrAmerica?

In the brouhaha about Brexit (and of course Bremain), one option has been completely missed: Britain ignores Europe and joins with the US, either partially or in a full fiscal, monetary and legislative union. For those of us considering voting to stay in the EU, it could be argued that all of the reasons to…

Safety in Numbers: Iconoclastic Monikers and the Wisdom of Crowds

  The NERC’s new research vessel and its flotilla of supporters strike a blow to the Natural Environment Research Council – and Aristotle… The wisdom of crowds has always been an intriguing phenomenon. Aristotle’s 4th Century BC theory that the collective insight from a group of individuals can be as accurate as that of a…