Having a passion for statistics may not be well understood by friends. Significance readers would sympathise, I’m sure, but such apparently ‘odd’ behaviour is often hard for others to comprehend. And while you might expect members of your family to share or, at the very least, to accept your interests, there are no guarantees.
Aston Villa's Paul Lambert is the latest English Premier League manager to be fired, and the media’s assessment of his reign has been less than complimentary. The club is staring relegation in the face, so fans and the club's owners might argue that the dismissal was justified. But manager sackings are not always so clear cut.
Earlier this week, the Daily Mail declared that 'Drinking is only good for you if you are a woman over 65', while The Times trumpeted that 'Alcohol has no health benefits after all'. But these headlines are without serious foundation, and through no fault of the journalists.
The question of whether 2014 was or wasn’t the warmest year has recently exercised the minds of many. The answer, of course, is… no. At some point in the past, the Earth was a glob of molten rock pummelled by other rocks travelling at the kind of speeds that made Einstein famous, dinosaurs late and a very, very, very loud bang. There have also been periods, more hospitable to life (of various kinds), where global temperatures were in excess of what they are today.
For many of us, exams are unavoidable. Whether for school or work, we're expected to study for them, sit them and patiently await the results. We do so because we're required to - whether legally or contractually. But is the time we spend taking exams time well spent? Our cover story this month answers that question.