Monthly Archives: July 2006

Counting Tanks

A very nice guardian article on how the British used statistics to count German tanks. (via Mathforge.) I particularly like this bit: The statisticians believed that the Germans, being Germans, had logically numbered their tanks in the order in which … Continue reading

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Boiling an egg

An article on finding a formula to calculate the optimal time to soft-boil an egg. It’s pretty interesting and novel, but unfortunately it begins with To obtain a simple formula the problem must be idealised somewhat, so the egg will … Continue reading

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How To Lie With Statistics – Fat Green Pipe

The latest advertising campaign of a local internet service provider is tauting their service as the Fat Green Pipe. (Allusions to Super Mario Bros?) It is classical Darrell Huff. The numerical data states 95% vs 65% which is measured by … Continue reading

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