Two phrases you should treat with caution!

When dealing with statistics there are two seemingly innocuous phrases that should set your alarm bells ringing.  They are slipped into so many predictions almost as a matter of course, and we all too often ignore them. They are: “Other things being equal” sometimes...

An earthshattering discovery.

  When I was at school I was made to specialise fairly early, so I never learnt very much science.  I always knew anyway that a lot of what I had learnt would probably be superseded by progress.  I am not thinking of the invention of the wheel, by the way, but...

How up to date are you?

I have just come from a breakfast meeting of Sci-tech Daresbury, where scientists meet businessmen of all kinds.  Of course the reason we all go there is in the hope of picking up some business, but, whether I make any useful business contacts or not, I always enjoy...

How poor are our children?

I have found myself getting confused over the Government’s statistics for child poverty.  Is it going up, down, or is it static? It seems there are two lots of statistics you have to know about.  They are “Relative Poverty” and “Absolute...

Ten things you might not know about Waterloo.

You may not have been able to avoid hearing, and probably seeing, some reminders that this is the second centenary of the Battle of Waterloo.  Here are a few facts I have discovered that were not made so prominent.  Some of them contain lessons for the present.  You...