### Dropping statistics A-level is also a regressive move | Letters

There has been a great deal of justified outrage at the dropping of A-level art history and archeology, yet hardly any mention of the fact that at the same time the AQA has dropped A-level statistics (What a message to send to A-level students, 20 October). This subject, taken by some 800 students a year…

### Game theory: Army of agents to tackle corrupt officials, tax evaders, terrorists

Credit: University of Warwick Game theory has long been used to apply mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers. However, our world has evolved from great power conflicts to one where many of our major problems are spawned not from monolithic blocks of self-interest, but from a vast array of single entities…

### Game theory: Army of agents to tackle corrupt officials, tax evaders, terrorists

Credit: University of Warwick Game theory has long been used to apply mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers. However, our world has evolved from great power conflicts to one where many of our major problems are spawned not from monolithic blocks of self-interest, but from a vast array of single entities…

### Secret Teacher: pupils are force-fed maths they’ll never use again

As a maths teacher, I’m often asked by students: “when will I ever need to use this in real life?”. I always try my best to answer. I tell them that, yes, actually, when you’re cooking, understanding ratios is very useful. Or, if you want to work as a plumber, you will find yourself calculating…

### The mathematics of music history

Together with colleagues from London and Amsterdam, MIB postdoc Niels Chr. Hansen, analysed thousands of musical themes composed by French, Italian, and Austro-German composers living in 1600-1950. During these years, rhythmic variability in French music was initially low – just like in Italian music and language. Later on, it increased towards the natural equilibrium for…

### The mathematics of music history

Together with colleagues from London and Amsterdam, MIB postdoc Niels Chr. Hansen, analysed thousands of musical themes composed by French, Italian, and Austro-German composers living in 1600-1950. During these years, rhythmic variability in French music was initially low – just like in Italian music and language. Later on, it increased towards the natural equilibrium for…

### One reason so many scientific studies may be wrong

Statisticians have a saying: if you torture the data enough, they will confess. Choices and tweaks made after seeing the data are questionable research practices. Using these, deliberately or not, to achieve the right statistical result is p hacking, which is one important reason that published, statistically significant results may be false positives. What…

### One reason so many scientific studies may be wrong

Statisticians have a saying: if you torture the data enough, they will confess. Choices and tweaks made after seeing the data are questionable research practices. Using these, deliberately or not, to achieve the right statistical result is p hacking, which is one important reason that published, statistically significant results may be false positives. What…

### Meet the mathekniticians – and their amazing woolly maths creations

In 1996 two British maths teachers active on an internet knitting forum were asked by a US yarn firm to design it an afghan. “We were sent into a panic! We had no idea what an afghan was!” remembers Pat Ashforth, who with partner Steve Plummer is known in the crafts community for maths-inspired knits.…

### Game theory research reveals fragility of common resources

Shreyas Sundaram, at left, an assistant professor in Purdue University’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and doctoral student Ashish Hota are performing research in game theory that harnesses the Nash equilibrium, developed by Nobel laureate John Nash, whose life was chronicled in the film “A Beautiful Mind.” . Credit: Purdue University photo/John Underwood New…