The December 2017 issue of Significance is out now in print and digital formats. Our cover story this issue tells the fascinating history of the arithmetic mean, why scientists of the past rejected the idea, and why their concerns are still relevant in the ongoing struggle to communicate statistical concepts.
We also ask one of the biggest questions about life in the universe: 'Where is everybody?' Exoplanet discoveries now number in the thousands, but the search for extraterrestrial organisms remains fruitless. What’s the probability that we’re alone?
And with the flu season upon us, we look back over three hundred years of deadly pandemics and wonder whether it’s possible to predict how many outbreaks there might be in the century to come.
Also this issue:
- Making sense of multiple extreme weather events
- When algorithms go wrong, who is liable?
- How one woman used regression to influence the salaries of many; and
- Big money’s big mistake
If you are a print subscriber, your December issue will be arriving soon.
Significance is online at www.significancemagazine.com.