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Nerenberg Lecture: The Courtier’s Conundrum (Christopher Monckton)

March 19, 2012

Mathematics is the lingua franca of the sciences. Few speak it. Today’s statesmen and the handful of courtiers they have time to trust must often go beyond their expertise. This is the Courtier’s Conundrum: how can the inexpert adviser advise expertly? Margaret Thatcher’s six policy advisers were not scientists. Yet they often gave scientific advice,…

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2011 Nerenberg Lecture: A Fourth Phase of Water (Gerald Pollack)

March 11, 2012

The 2011 Nerenberg Lecture was given by Gerald Pollack at the University of Western Ontario on March 30th, 2011. Prof. Pollack is part of the Systems and Quantitative Biology group at the University of Washington where his research areas include: Interfacial Water and Energy, Cell Biology and the Molecular Basis of Biological Motion. The following…

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Nerenberg Lecture: It IS Rocket Science (Steve MacLean)

May 1, 2010

Probably everyone connected with mathematics knows that revealing your con- nection leads to reactions like: “Eeew, mathematics; I was never any good at that in school.” It’s like announcing that you have some communicable disease. Com- plementary to this is the expression, “well, it’s not rocket science,” meaning that you, dummy, should be able to…

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Announcement of a new International Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) Competition

September 25, 0206

A second international MPE competition for science museum exhibits (modules) was announced at the Next Einstein Forum in Dakar, Senegal on March 10 2016. The competition is organized jointly by Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE), the International Basic Science Program (IBSP) at UNESCO, the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Commission of Mathematical Instruction (ICMI)…

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