Brendon Brewer

Brendon Brewer

Brendon Brewer is a senior lecturer in the Department of Statistics in Auckland.

What Experts Do and Don't Know

What Experts Do and Don't Know

Some recent political events, from the result of the Brexit referendum to the nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican candidate in the US election, have been described in terms of clashes between the views of two tribes of people, often described as experts or elites and those who trust

Brendon Brewer
Brendon Brewer
Art and Culture
The Mathematics of Happiness

The Mathematics of Happiness

If you could choose between these two possible lives, which would you prefer? (1) You struggle through difficulties, challenges, and a fair amount of misery for 60 years, after which you emerge wise and content. You die at age 80. (2) You spend the first 60 years indulging in relatively

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Brendon Brewer
Hypothesis
Unscrambling the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Unscrambling the Second Law of Thermodynamics

The second law of thermodynamics surely qualifies as one of the most talked-about principles in all of physics. Depending on who you ask, it is either incredibly mysterious or fairly mundane. Some physicists think the second law is connected to fundamental ideas such as time and the origin of the

Brendon Brewer
Brendon Brewer
Art and Culture
The Great Statistical Schism

The Great Statistical Schism

What is probability? This sounds like a discussion question for a philosophy class, one of those questions that’s fun to think about but that doesn’t have many practical consequences. Surprisingly, this is not the case. As it turns out, different answers to this question lead to completely different

Brendon Brewer
Brendon Brewer
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