Alf Young: Forecasts can never really add up

Alf Young: Forecasts can never really add up
 

I'VE always loved numbers. Ever since those relentless rounds of speed arithmetic in Ardgowan primary school in the 1950s.
I even studied maths for three years at university, until the challenges of strands like number theory began to defeat me and I opted to concentrate on what Glasgow University called natural philosophy. physics, to you and me.
But my affection for numbers never left me. They seem to promise clear rules and hard certainties. But also speak of hidden surprises and deep mysteries. I was captivated, the other morning, as Melvyn Bragg and guests, on Radio 4’s In Our Time,... read more

 
9 March 2013 in Politics, Views: 23
Source: Scotsman
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