Mathematics

  • Mathematical modelling: A dark art comes to light

    When there’s no time to waste and the stakes are high, a computer model can be just what you need...

    You could say that mathematical modelling’s moment had arrived. The coronavirus had reached Australia, state health o...

    Mathematics May 7, 2021
  • 5 quirky study areas of maths

    Our favourite ‘ologies’ for World Maths day.

    Mathematics is massive area of study – from statistics, to probability, to chaos. It’s a wide world, which means ther...

    Mathematics May 5, 2021
  • Y2Q: quantum computing and the end of internet security

    Will quantum computing pick the digital lock of all our most precious secrets?

    What if you woke up one morning to find all locks had disappeared? Not just the one on your front door, or the lock o...

    Computing April 23, 2021
  • History

    Nils Aall Barricelli

    The Italian-Norwegian mathematician was a genuine original.

    In March 2003, science and technology historian George Dyson gave a typically entertaining TED talk about the creatio...

    Mathematics April 18, 2021
  • Our pi-cks of the Pi-ku competition

    A few Pi-kus to get you through.

    We’re delighted to say that our celebratory Pi-ku competition has brought some great examples flying in. A refresh...

    Mathematics April 3, 2021
  • Cosmos Pi-ku 2021 competition

    Celebrate all that’s good about maths by making a poem of it.

    March 14 is International Day of Mathematics – UNESCO declared it so at its 40th General Conference in 2019 – and als...

    Mathematics March 14, 2021
  • Newton in the pilot’s seat

    How to land a Mars rover when you’re many, many millions of kilometres away.

    It takes a lot of thought and a lot of work to land a rover on Mars. It’s not as if you’re on Earth, where you can ch...

    Physics March 2, 2021
  • Courting controversy

    Do Margaret Court’s food charity numbers add up?

    Former tennis great Margaret Court was in the news – again – this week after being awarded a Companion of the Order o...

    Mathematics January 28, 2021
  • History

    Jevons learns to economise

    Englishman helped usher in the marginal revolution, which transformed economics.

    According to The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, the Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle’s word for politics is ...

    Mathematics January 17, 2021
  • Research

    Biology by the numbers

    Biological sciences and maths have a growing friendship.

    Before 2020, the phrase “mathematical modelling” may have made your eyes glaze over. But as COVID-19 escalated across...

    Mathematics January 6, 2021
  • History

    Shakuntala Devi counts her blessings

    The ‘human computer’ had a variety of interests.

    Think of the boxy grey desktop computer that sat on your desk, or the massive grey tower computer under your desk, or...

    Mathematics December 17, 2020
  • Sometimes maths just doesn’t cut it

    Even computers struggle with packing things well.

    If you struggle to use space optimally when cutting out lots of shapes or packing a drawer, then feel free to give up...

    Mathematics December 9, 2020
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