Day one

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was produced by the Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The aim was to help improve the way that uncertainty and risk are discussed in society, and show how probability and statistics can be both useful and entertaining.

Many of the animations were produced using Flash and will no longer work.

Hello, and welcome to the first blog entry from the Understanding Uncertainty team!

We hope you enjoy the site: it's only got a bit of content so far but there's lots more in the pipeline.

David S

PS if you are around Cambridge at 5.30 on Monday May 19th, and have nothing better to do, there's an inaugural lecture on that might be fun.



Excellent lecture with lots of thought provoking stuff, loved the audience participation. Was thinking the look on the suppliers face when the university maths department put in a bulk order for the 200+ dice.

Look forward to all the new stuff appearing on the site.
Geoff Jones

I agree. It was great fun, but with plenty to think about.
How about 'Agnosticology' for the missing word?
Ben Garling

Ben, thanks for the suggestion for the new discipline concerned with the study of lack of knowledge. Others suggested "nescience", which I rather like.

David S