© 2015 Cardiff Scientific Society

Abstract


We enter numbers into calculators and think they work. Nurses enter numbers into drug infusion pumps to give patients morphine. Pilots fly planes descending at 3.3 degrees. This talk shows that everywhere we look numbers are unreliable. We propose some solutions and suggest that we can halve the death rate from number-based overdoses. Oh, and reduce financial fraud.


30 November 2011 Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Cardiff University

Numbers, Numbers Everywhere, and None you can Trust – Not Yet!


Professor Harold Thimbleby Hon FRSA

Department of Computer Science, Swansea University

Despite the industrial action planned for the 30th November,
Cardiff Scientific Society expects this lecture will take place as normal.