January 2011

Science and tragedy: Australia’s floods and the Tucson shootings

Tragedy strikes. Who or what can we blame? Chances are I don’t know, because that’s not what science is about. But if there’s a pattern of catastrophes or problems, chances are there is a theory that accounts for it. My article in The King’s Tribune discusses the limits of knowledge.

Understanding polls: Margins of error

A tutorial on the concept of margins of error in polling. What are they? How are they calculated? Why are they important? This post tries to answer those questions, with both short and detailed explanations.


New Year. New site. Here’s an introductory post that says a bit about me and a bit about this place. Hello and welcome to my blog.