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…

A focus on quadratic equations

Oxford researchers to analyse video footage of children learning about quadratic equations. Credit: Shutterstock images Oxford researchers are taking part in an international study to film the teaching of quadratic equations for secondary school pupils. The hope is that lessons will be learned on how to bring out the best in pupils learning about mathematics.…

Gordon Reece obituary

My colleague Gordon Reece, who has died aged 76, was an unconventional academic. He was a pioneer of computational fluid dynamics and of novel mathematics teaching methods for engineers, but he was also an election forecaster and spoke German and French fluently. He was a socialist, humanist, trade unionist and CND supporter. Gordon was born…

Chinese maths textbooks to be translated for UK schools

British students may soon study mathematics with Chinese textbooks after a “historic” deal between HarperCollins and a Shanghai publishing house in which books will be directly translated for use in UK schools. China’s wealthy cities, including Shanghai and Beijing, produce some of the world’s top-performing maths pupils, while British students rank far behind their counterparts…