In this newsletter:
* What's the best medicine?
* Latest news
* Browse with Plus
* Live maths
What's the best medicine?
How do you judge the risks and benefits of new medical treatments, or of
lifestyle choices? With a finite health care budget, how do you decide
which treatments should be made freely available on the NHS? Maths and
stats are used extensively not only to test the safety and efficacy of
treatments, but also to define such fuzzy terms as quality of life. To find
out how difficult healthcare decisions are made, have a look at the latest
package in our series "Do you know what's good for you?" containing
in-depth articles, podcasts, and a classroom activity.
* Einstein right on time
Most precise experiment to date confirms one of Einstein's predictions
Plus... read more on the Plus blog
Browse with Plus - Live pi day magic
To celebrate pi day on the 14th of March 2010, a mathematician and a
magician will attempt to pull off what promises to be the world's largest
live online magic trick - and you can join in via Twitter!
The mathematician James Grime and the magician Brian Brushwood will exploit
the magical power of mathematics to read your mind over the internet. Visit
the pi day magic website (http://pidaymagic.com/) for instructions on how
to join up to this record-breaking attempt, and watch Plus for an
explanation of how it's done to be published after the event.
The trick will be part of the Cambridge Science Festival, which runs from
the 8th to the 21st of March 2001
Help to design and build mathematical sculptures at the Maker Faire 2010 in
Newcastle this weekend. The Marker Faire celebrates the do-it-yourself
mindset and features interactive exhibits organised by individuals,
hobbyist groups and clubs, as well as student groups. Edmund Harriss will
be "building mathematics", exploring symmetries in two and three
dimensions. An example of the beautiful beasts he constructs is here
When: 13th and 14th of March
Where: Centre for Life, Time Square and the Discovery Museum, Newcastle
Audiences: Adults, Families, Makers and DIY enthusiasts of all ages
Fee: £3.95 adult & £10 family for a day pass, and £5 adult & £15 family for
a weekend pass
More info: http://www.makerfaire.com/
Meet the mathematicians
Aimed at students from 16 to 18 years old, Meet the Mathematicians is a
free day of diverse presentations covering the uses of maths in biology,
ecology, engineering and finance, discussions about career paths, and
plenty of opportunities to talk to professional and student mathematicians.
When: 7th of April 2010 from 10:30am
Where: Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ
More info and registration: http://www.meetmaths.org.uk/
Maths at the Cambridge Science Festival
The Cambridge Science Festival runs from the 8th to the 21st of March and
there are plenty of maths-based activities on offer. We have put
together a selection for you here:
Alternatively, visit the festival website:
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