Monthly Archives: February 2015

The naked Pure Mathematician

Inaugural Lecture Some vocations elicit immediate respect and understanding. Medicine and law, for example. Teaching and engineering. Pure mathematics, however, presents for most people an unfathomable mystery. By definition, it’s the study of abstract mathematical concepts, as opposed to applied mathematics, which considers the physical application of maths in the “real” world. Yet in practice […]

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Treat, trial and transform

Towards a globally self-learning and wholly evidence-informed health system When it comes to receiving medical treatment, the majority of us would make a fundamental assumption: sound evidence exists to suggest the proposed course of action will improve our condition. Too often, however, that assumption’s wrong. All over the world, including here in SA, around 50% […]

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