Any fool can know; the point is to understand
In the space of eight days, three passenger planes have been lost in mid-flight. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was apparently downed by a missile over eastern Ukraine, then a plane crashed in Taiwan and yesterday another one disappeared en route to Algeria from Burkina Faso. A cluster of accidents so close together! An anomaly? An unlikely coincidence? Or something more sinister?
Going off on a bit of a tangent perhaps, the latest item on the ‘Dark Matter‘ page illustrates the pitfalls of knowing maths and not understanding it. Specifically, it shows the perils of extrapolating data…
This is the true story of a Dutch nurse who was convicted as a serial murderer, largely on the basis of testimony by an expert witness spouting flawed statistics. Click here.