Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter FRS, OBE gave a talk on Trust in Numbers to the SW RSS local group on the 25th of April. He stressed the importance of statisticians in helping people form critical thinking and that organisations should seek to be trustworthy rather than aimed to be trusted. The photo shows the Secretary of the local group, Dr Yinghui Wei, with David on Plymouth Hoe.
Dr Martin Lavelle gave a masterclass in Bideford on the 21st April 2018 on the mathematics of powers, exponential growth and guesstimations. As part of this the students folded a long piece of paper 9 times so that the resulting folded sheet had 512 layers.
Dr. Vincent Drach from the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at Plymouth University has been awarded 830 000 CPUhs from Dirac (a distributed supercomputer in the UK) for a project with the title: Signature of compositeness at the LHC. The aim is to study the resonance properties of the vector state in the theory, because this will provide useful information in the search for this theoretical particle at the LHC.
Next week the RSS South West Local Group have organized a public lecture on statistics. The details are below:
Speaker: Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, President of the Royal Statistical Society
Title: “Trust in Numbers”
Date: Wednesday 25 April 2018
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA