London, progressive school, Bristol Uni, Columbia Uni, USA
GCSE, A level, B.Sc., M.sc physics, Ph.D. math psychology
Computer Programmer, maths & physics lecurer and teacher, data organiser, Head Uni Research Institute
University of Hertfordshire
Researcher on human decision making, thinking and perception. Make mathematical models of how people balance good and bad effects of their decisions
I live alone in North London with many excellent neighbours of all ages. Am an avid watcher of TV science programs: Horizon, Cox, Al Kahlili, Attenborough, etc. Go to gym 3/4 times a week and use indoor rowere and egym [they give me lost of fun numbers]. International and home travel is a fun diversin for me. Enjoy sea and cities and conferences where I meet people from around the world. I eat pretty much everything, except insects, everywhere and anywhere. Climate change, enviornment and supporting the vulnerable are major concerns. Am working on a project London Accessibility Universal Dreams [LAUD] to make London Underground wheelchair and pushchair asscessible. Provide advice on mobile phones and computers in local pub 2/3 times a month. I use all the pronouns in the English language – as appropriate. I am a strong supporter of Open Science.
How I Use Maths In My Job:
I use computer packages and apps to model and calculate values of uncertain events
This invloves probability and statistics and algebra, including calculus.
How people decide when results of actions are uncertain
Models probability and statistics are key to my work. My models of decision makes are about personal value (known as utility), U.
U= probability of success * benefit of success – probability of failure *harm of failure.
My statistics work involves assessing psychlogy experiments and attaches numbers to the strength of evidence of competing claims (hypotheses)
My Typical Day
Breakfast, computer for science/maths projects, visit Uni, gym, watch TV or socialise
- 6:00 Breakfast watching TV news” BBC, ITV, AlJazzeera.
- 7:15 Mac: Crossword, codeword
- 7:30 Email, plan day
- 8:00 – 16:00 analyze data, OR Uni: discuss projects, collaborative work OR socialize
- 10:00 -12:30o 14:00-16:00 Volunteer computer advice [3 times a month]
- 17:00 -11:00m gym indoor row +TV or sociaize
My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURES memory is:
Bragg on Physics -A level standard
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious, care for society
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Curiousity, desire to understand fundamentals
What's your favourite use for maths in everyday life?
Apps for fitness improvements
What did you think about Maths when you were in school?
Give me more
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, but not that serious
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A cxomputer scientist
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