Nick Fieller obituary

My father, Nick Fieller, who has died aged 70, was a long-serving statistician at Sheffield University. He had followed in the footsteps of his father, Edgar, a pioneer in the same field, who had devised Fieller’s theorem. Nick focused on different issues, including multivariate analysis, matrix algebra and archeao-statistics (especially Egyptian). He was president of…

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…