The attention paid to this bizarre show is enormous. And with such levels of investment and discussion, analysis and coverage, come the inevitable accusations of tactical voting and prejudice. This was notoriously seen in 2007 when Terry Wogan declaimed the 'blatant bias' of the voting system. Many people get particularly upset about the supposed bias against the UK’s act.
Statistics plays a role in all walks of life - including literature. So, for our end-of-year issue, we want to celebrate 2014’s best books about (or involving) statistics. We’re looking for Significance readers to nominate their favourites and to explain - in 100 words or less - why they’d recommend the book.
Transformers: Age of Extinction has posted this year's biggest opening weekend at the UK box office….. Or has it? Closer inspection of the figures reveals a plot hole in this storyline big enough to drive a bus load of statisticians though it.
This month, readers of James Joyce worldwide celebrated Bloomsday on 16 June, the day in 1904 in which his novel Ulysses is set. The name alludes to the Ulyssean protagonist, Leopold Bloom, and commemorates the day when Joyce met his future wife Nora Barnacle.
It’s that time of the year again. One of the biggest events in Europe’s (and the world’s) cultural calendar, the Eurovision song contest is legendary.
Last year I wrote here how people preferred a musical record to … itself. The discussion that followed helped to uncover another interesting story.
Tomorrow is Record Store Day, the day when independent music stores celebrate the concept of an actual shop selling and playing vinyl records. It was conceived in 2007 as a nostalgic recognition of the way we used to consume music and since then, it has enjoyed incredible success.
Statistics has a much smaller exposure to art than mathematics. The modern era has lost the renaissance’s passion for knowledge as a whole, which was manifested in, for example, Piero della Francesca’s (1415-1492) studies of perspective. M.C. Escher (1898-1972) is a marginal case: fascinating to mathematicians yet — surely not coincidentally — egregiously sneered at by others.