Guide: Making Sense of Uncertainty

Scientific uncertainty is prominent in research that has big implications for our society: could the Arctic be ice-free in summer by 2080? Will a new cancer drug be worth its side effects? Is this strain of ‘flu going to be a dangerous epidemic? This guide has brought together specialists in many areas – climate science, clinical research, natural hazard prediction, public health, biostatistics and epidemiology. We asked them for the reasons why they are not automatically so troubled by the presence of uncertainty in the most heated debates.

This guide was produced by Sense about Science in collaboration with BBSRC, the John Innes Centre, the Natural Environment Research Council, the University of Reading and the Walker Institute. Published: 27 June 2013

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