A nature preserve that's tracked bird migrations through New England for decades records tons of bird-related data; everything from wingspan measurements to arrival dates provides examples of normal distributions.
How can we compare sales at two franchises in the Wahoo's restaurant chain? Standard deviation helps us quantify the variability in sales.
Using the example of hot dog calorie counts, we use boxplots to visualise the five-number summary and make comparisons between different types of frankfurters.
It's helpful to know the centre of a distribution - which is what the clerical workers in Colorado Springs found out in the 1980s when they campaigned for comparable wages for comparable work.
Meteorologists use histograms to map when lightning strikes and this visualisation technique helps them understand the data in new ways.
Statistics is the art and science of gathering, organising, analysing and drawing conclusions from data. And without rudimentary knowledge of how it works, people can't make informed judgements and evaluations of a wide variety of things encountered in daily life.
Marcus du Sautoy inspects Leonardo da Vinci's original Vitruvian Man and discusses its application to architecture and geometry.
A lowly alien is forced to go on the run and becomes unlikely buddies with a teenage girl. The two embark on a comical globe-trotting adventure to right his wrongs, and learn what it means to be human.
Land speed record holder explains how the mathematics of thrust and drag are fundamental to high speed designs.
Quadratic equations hold many secrets of our ability to conquer the sky.
Jim AlKhalili demonstrates the use of algebra to calculate the division of an inheritance between family and friends.
Jim AlKhalili demonstrates how AlKindi developed frequency analysis to study encrypted messages in the first century AD.
Jim AlKhalili shows how difficult it is to calculate simple sums with the Roman numeral system.
Guest comedians Sally Phillips and Kevin Bridges pit their muscles and common sense against the power of Dara's mathematically-trained brain as they battle it out to solve puzzles and problems set by Professor Marcus du Sautoy. Today's theme is, 'The Maths of Sport'.
Guest comedians Jon Richardson and Stephen K Amos pit their brute strength and common sense against Dara's mathematically-minded brain as they battle it out to solve puzzles and problems set by Professor Marcus du Sautoy. Today's theme is, 'The Maths of Old Age'.
Guest comedians Susan Calman and Andrew Maxwell pit their muscles and common sense against Dara's big maths brain as they battle it out to solve puzzles and problems set by Professor Marcus du Sautoy. Today's theme is: 'The Maths of Balls'.
Guest comedians Josh Widdicombe and Peter Serafinowicz pit their muscles and common sense against Dara's mathematically-trained brain as they battle it out to solve puzzles and problems set by Professor Marcus du Sautoy. Today's theme is: 'The Maths of the Great Outdoors'.
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