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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2012 edited
     
    • CommentAuthorJoiner
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2012
     
    Maths?

    Invented by a mathematician to give them something to do!

    God then invented statisticians so that mathematicians had someone to argue with. :peace: :flowers:
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2012
     
    There are ten types of people who undertand Binary,---those who do, and those who dont.

    or,

    Did you hear about the Mathemetician and the Farmer who were sitting in a train when it passed a flock of sheep. The mathematician said there are 1,248 sheep in that flock. That's amazing said the farmer it so happens that's my field and my sheep and I know you're right, how did you do that. Oh says the Mathematician that was easy, I just counted the number of legs and divided by four.:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2012
     
    One average people have less than 2 legs.
    I get the feeling that maths is considered a joke, must get some data on that :wink:
    • CommentAuthorJoiner
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2012
     
    No Nick. It's a case of if you didn't laugh you'd cry. :winkkiss:
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      CommentAuthorJSHarris
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2012
     
    The problem is that people (especially politicians and pressure groups) are very fond of misusing mathematics and statistics in an attempt to either prove a point or retrospectively justify an unjustifiable action.

    The infamous rubbish "hockey stick" curve that the imbeciles in DECC presented to the Select Committee being a good example (and I still think that PS should have been disciplined for misleading parliament like that).
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    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2012
     
    Another problem is that too often numbers, particularly large numbers, are given without context. If people understood the need to remember a few rough numbers (e.g., population of the country, power use, years since the last ice age, whatever is relevant...) they'd have a much better chance of hanging those numbers on sensible hooks and not getting bamboozled.

    E.g., the other day I got a Guardian article corrected: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/jan/26/newt-gingrich-moon-base-dream when it said NASA's spending in the 1960s was 3.45% of GDP. I just knew that couldn't be right as NASA spending is a pretty small fraction of US military spending so they'd have been spending a huge percentage of GDP on the military. A quick look showed that actually it was 3.45% of Federal spending which is, in turn, about 1/5th of GDP. Clearly the original journalist and any fact checkers who looked over the article didn't have the context to spot the error. However, plus points to them for giving the amount as a percentage rather than just quoting so many billions of dollars.
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