To catch a crook?

This term in Maths the POD 3 students are exploring Chance and Data concepts through a series of investigations.
One such investigation is know at the Grubby Pages effect. Over the next few weeks students will be investigating a theory founded in 1881 by astronomer, Simon Newcomb. Newcomb’s theory came about by some ‘grubby observations’ of log table books (for those of us older than 30 or 40, we used these at school to complete calculations before calculators were used in schools). In 1938, Frank Bedford again noticed the ‘grubby pages’ but it wasn’t until as recently as 1996 that Ted Hill, a mathematician, realised how this discovery could help detect fraud.

Be sure to check back here to read the student’s discoveries and their thoughts on Benford’s law.