Poor numeracy 'blighting economy'

As a new charity claims poor levels of numeracy are blighting the UK economy and ruining lives Alok Jhainterviews maths populariser Professor Ian Stewart about his new book Seventeen Equations that Changed the World. Professor Stewart is a recipient of the Christopher Zeeman Medal for his work promoting maths. In his new book he uses key mathematical formulae to explore a broad sweep of the great scientific and mathematical ideas that underpin our everyday lives.Alok is also joined by Guardian science correspondent Ian Sample to take a look at some of the big science news stories over the last week, including exciting news on the potential role of gene therapy to combat life-threatening infections in people with an inherited immune disorder, a Lords report on the UK government's sidelining of scientific advisers, and new research suggesting that upper class folk behave much worse than the hoi polloi.Also Alok announces a very special live edition of the show which will take place at the Royal Institution in L

Poor numeracy 'blighting economy'

Poor numeracy is hitting Britain's economic performance and ruining lives, according to a new charity launched to champion better maths skills.

Fri 2 Mar 12 from BBC News

Science advisers should sign off on policy, suggest Lords

The UK government's departmental chief scientific advisers (CSAs) should be given a formal role in signing off on new policies from their departments to ensure that decisions are supported by ...

Tue 28 Feb 12 from Nature News Blogs

Science Weekly Podcast: Ian Stewart on equations that changed the world

As a new charity claims poor levels of numeracy are blighting the UK economy and ruining lives Alok Jhainterviews maths populariser Professor Ian Stewart about his new book Seventeen Equations ...

Sun 4 Mar 12 from Guardian.co.uk

Why do we need maths? It gives us fun things to play with, for a start | Matt Parker

From protecting ourselves against useless insurance plans to creating computer games, numeracy is essential for our societyA report out today highlights government figures that 49% of the UK ...

Fri 2 Mar 12 from Guardian.co.uk

Chief scientific advisers ignored by UK government

House of Lords says that science advisers need to be given funding and access to ministers

Fri 2 Mar 12 from Chemistry World

Gene therapy cures life-threatening lung infection in teenage boy

Doctors used the new technique to temporarily boost the immune system of the boy, who has an inherited conditionA 16-year-old boy who was born with a life-threatening immune disorder has become ...

Wed 29 Feb 12 from Guardian.co.uk

Scientific advisers ignored or sidelined by government, says Lords report

Chief scientific advisers must be consulted early and throughout policymaking, Lords committee recommendsThe government must overhaul its use of chief scientific advisers to prevent departments ...

Wed 29 Feb 12 from Guardian.co.uk

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