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…

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…