Olympic records; what the statistics don’t reveal

A listener to the BBC radio programme “More or Less”, which delves into statistical issues behind topical news items, asked why so many swimming records were broken during the Olympic Games, compared to the relatively few athletics records which fell. After all, we would expect that, with greater understanding of how the body works leading to better training and improved nutrition, a steady stream of records should be broken across all sports. However, looking back to the London Olympics, the ...

Definitely not the Olympics!: kinds of knowledge and ways of gaining it

I've just posted "Definitely not the Olympics!" in my parallel blog for students, using the Olympics (and my own utterly non-Olympic experience) to raise some knowledge question about the interaction of kinds of knowledge and ways of knowing.  Have you also brought the Sochi Games into TOK? The Olympics certain provide some splendid examples of gaining knowledge (what kind? gained how?) and testing it in practice and demonstration.  Playing a short video clip of aerial skiing, slope style snowboarding, or ice ...

Definitely not the Olympics!

Yes, that's me sprawled in the soft snow -- and laughing.  I thought I knew how to turn sharply left at the bottom of the steep hill.  But evidently -- put to the test -- I didn't.  This is definitely not the Olympics! Have you, like me, been watching the competitions from Sochi?  Do you, like me, cry out in sympathy when athletes wipe out?  These people are all so skilled at hurtling swiftly over slippery surfaces or spinning their bodies ...

Bronze

Following on from last months Olympic frenzy and like a good Chemist I felt I couldn't leave my Olympic postings on Silver and Gold by themselves. I needed to finish the mini series... So here is it - Bronze. Incidentally, in the Chemistry Olympiad (a competition organised by the RSC or Royal Society of Chemistry), third prize is Copper and not Bronze ..... but that is for another debate! Bronze has a whole ear of human history named after it - the bronze ...

Silver

They, we did it! (they = team GB), two Golds in the bag yesterday and the tension of the whole nation is now beginning to ease. I would like to think my inspirational blog post helped! While I was on a roll, I thought I would carry on with the them of medals in the olympics, so today, my focuss is on Silver (please don't read this team GB, read yesterdays post on Gold instead! Silver, Ag, atomic number 47, relative atomic ...

Gold

If you have been living on Mars for the last week or so you may not have realised that the 30th Olympics have started in London. For everybody else I am sure that you were aware of this fact. I have been swept along by the excitement gripping the UK and the nations obsession with getting a gold medal. We have none yet but are hopefully by the close of play today we will have achieved two golds - fingers ...