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    Most popular puzzle of 20th century began life as an artwork.

    The joy puzzle lovers derive from solving a good puzzle is matched only by the frustration felt by those of us who ar...

    Mathematics January 27, 2015
  • The unbeatable poker-playing program

    Artificial intelligence knows when to hold ’em and fold ’em.

    When it comes to games, machines have left us in the dust – we’ve been trounced at draughts, chess, even the TV quiz ...

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  • Naughty numbers in the news

    Statisticians pained to see data misused by politicians and media.

    I love numbers. As a small boy I used to write down car registration plates, and when it came to my toy cars I’d line...

    Mathematics October 12, 2013
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