Feb 24 2017

A black plaque for Ramanujan, Hardy and 1,729

Simon Singh, on the new commemorative plaque at 2 Colinette Road, Putney, jointly funded by Good Thinking and the British Society for the History of Mathematics. If you have read The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, then you will know the that final chapters are all about the mathematics hidden in Futurama. I discuss the repeated …

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Feb 16 2017

Who Wants To Be A Mathematician – UK Final

On Feb 9, 2017, we held the first UK final of Who Wants To Be A Mathematician, in front of an audience of several hundred maths students attending this year’s Maths Fest. Congratulations to the six finalists, who fought through two rounds of online testing, and well done to winner Connie Bambridge-Sutton from Reigate Grammar …

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Jan 20 2017

Acupuncture Report – Expert Response

The report has been informed through consultation with international experts including: Sir Richard John Roberts, PhD FRS, Chief Scientific Officer at New England Biolabs, recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: “From everything I have read about acupuncture I have to conclude that the evidence for efficacy is just not there.  I …

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Dec 22 2016

An Open Letter from Simon Singh to David Tredinnick MP

Simon Singh responds to David Tredinnick MP’s announcement that he is reporting the Good Thinking Society to the Charity Commission: Dear David Tredinnick MP, I was literally in the middle of writing you a Christmas card (honestly, it’s true), when I learned that on 20 December, in a session about evidence-based medicine in Parliament, you …

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Dec 13 2016

Good Thinking Supporters December 2016 Newsletter

December 2016 Newsletter: New guidance issued for osteopaths; UK ‘Who Wants to Be a Mathematician’ finalists announced; and Marsh appears on ABC News

Dec 02 2016

Regulators issue new advertising guidance for osteopaths

The Advertising Standards Authority has teamed up with the General Osteopathic Council to send new guidance to over 4,800 registered osteopaths. The guidance relates to marketing claims for pregnant women, children and babies and provides examples of what kind of claims can, and can’t, be made for these patient groups. We have been concerned for …

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Nov 16 2016

UK ‘Who Wants to Be a Mathematician’ Finalists Announced

Reposted from the Who Wants to Be a Mathematician website. Six students who took the Round 2 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician qualifying test have qualified for the live, on-stage finals that will take place at the 2017 Maths Fest in London on February 9. The top prize is £150. The six students are: …

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Oct 25 2016

Our First Maths Project – American High School Maths Challenge Now Open to UK Students

“Who Wants to be a Mathematician” is a national high school competition held annually in America, involving more than two thousand students. Back in January Good Thinking’s Simon Singh was lucky enough to attend the final in Seattle. This year, Good Thinking, Matt Parker and Maths Fest have been working closely with Mike Breen and …

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Oct 19 2016

Good Thinking’s NHS Homeopathy campaign wins an Ockham Award at QED 2016

At the QED skeptical conference last weekend, Good Thinking were delighted to be awarded an Ockham’s award for Best Skeptical Campaign/Event, for our work challenging the provision of homeopathy on the NHS. The awards, which are run by the Skeptic magazine, are designed to recognise the very best work taking place in the skeptical community, and …

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Oct 04 2016

NHS Wirral CCG ends funding for homeopathy

The Good Thinking Society welcomed today’s decision by NHS Wirral CCG to decommission homeopathy and Iscador services. The decision comes after months of consultation which showed overwhelming support from the public for an end to funding. Last week, a report on the consultation concluded that 95% of respondents wanted to stop homeopathy funding immediately, with just 3.7% of respondents …

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