Did you solve it? The incredible sponge puzzle

Earlier today I set you the following puzzle, about the intriguing mathematical cube that is the Menger sponge. (To find out how to construct it, you can read the original post here.) When you slice the Menger sponge in two, what does the hexagonal cross-section look like? Here’s the Menger sponge. Illustration: Edmund Harriss/Visions of…

Peter Lee obituary

My friend and colleague Peter Lee, who has died aged 76, was a lecturer in mathematics at the University of York and provost of Wentworth College there. Peter was a specialist in statistics and an enthusiastic advocate for Bayesian statistics, which concerns subjective belief but teaches us how to adjust our beliefs in the light…

Statistician Nate Silversays conventional wisdom, not data, killed 2016 election forecasts

Nate Silver (left), founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight.com, believes that conventional wisdom — not polls — failed to predict the results of the 2016 Presidential Election. “If you look at public opinion, people weren’t actually all that confident in Clinton’s chances. It was the media who were very confident in Clinton’s chances.” Credit: Kris Snibbe/Harvard…