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Monday, 22 December, 2003, 14:53 GMT
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Is God a mathematician?
More or Less looked for the numbers in nature. There are some who argue maths can explain complexity in nature better than evolution.
Commons leader Peter Hain Taxing issues
The debate about income tax rises misses the critical numbers. When it comes to earnings, where is the middle? And see how your pay compares. Plus, we looked at gambling and round numbers.
fish Many more fish in the sea?
There has been a collapse of fish stocks in the north sea. But who's counting? And how? Plus, do we routinely misuse cancer statistics?
people with face masks Measuring illness
More or Less examines what the thermometer doesn't tell you. Why does the threat of illness, including Sars, have at its heart arguments about measurement?
Female pensioner Pensioner Poverty
More or Less asks is pensioner poverty the measure of a pension crisis. And we find out how a pack of cards can make sense of the laws of probability.
Deckchairs on Brigton beach, Sussex, England Singular Statistics
More or Less asks where are all the men? What is the statistical evidence for the Bridget Jones syndrome - single career women finding it hard to meet a man.
Moscow's Mayoral office building Good Business
More or Less asks what makes a good company. How do you measure how nice a business is? And did the language of maths hijack science?
Amanita fulva or Tawny Grisette Fungi Testing Toxicity
More or Less finds out how we measure the toxicity of substances. Also in the programme, is there any logic behind the way buses are numbered?
Geothermal power plant in California, USA The perception of risk
More or Less asks how well does news of danger measure up to the facts. Also in the programme, the test which attempts to screen children for "number blindness".
Anti-war protestors outside British Armed Forces HQ, Northwood, London Measuring behaviour
As anti-war protestors marched in London, More or Less asked who's counting, and how?
School pupils in classroom School league tables
In More or Less: how do you measure the difference made by one school compared with another? And which music is written entirely in numbers?
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France Numbers in the dock
In More or Less: a special examination of statistics in court; and does Friday the 13th deserve its reputation?
Tate Modern, London Making sense of millions
How many bricks make up the Tate Modern, and why ask? Because it shows how well we understand big numbers.
Bank notes from around the world Quantifying economic success
We asked why one country's economy is judged a failure by some and by others to be a resounding success.
Telephone The complexity of call charges
We looked at the apparently simple business of charging for a call and the latest mathematical research on stone skimming and inflation.
Nurse Revealing numbers in the NHS
We investigated some of our most politically sensitive numbers - those we use to measure the performance of the health service.
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