In a previous Math Drudge blog, we mentioned the increasing number of instances of scientific fraud. We also noted how in many cases, mathematical and statistical methods have been utilized to uncover this fraud.
In November 2011, Netherlands psychologist Diederik Stapel was accused of publishing “several dozen” articles with falsified data. For example, one article . . . → Read More: New case of scientific fraud
We woke up last Friday (in Oz) and Thursday (in the US). As usual, we scanned a selection of online newspapers, magazines and blogs: “Eurozone crisis will cost world’s poorest countries $238bn“ blared the UK Guardian (once known as the Manchester Grauniad because of its typographic lapses). Really, not $237 billion or $239 billion? Perhaps this was . . . → Read More: Bad numbers are bad news
The present bloggers, together with Francisco Aragon Artacho (University of Newcastle, Australia) and Peter Borwein (Simon Fraser University, Canada, and Jonathan Borwein’s brother), have just completed the paper Tools for visualizing real numbers: Planar number walks.
This manuscript describes analysis of the digits of pi and many other real numbers and quantifies various techniques of . . . → Read More: New paper on visualizing digits of pi
Since the middle of the last decade, well before the worldwide run-up in fuel prices during 2008, it has been widely believed that we are entering a new era of scarcity in carbon-based fuels such as oil and natural gas. Such concerns are not new, having first become prevalent in the 1970s. However, a rather quiet revolution . . . → Read More: Feast or famine? Promoting green energy in an era of abundant gas and oil