Mathematics

  • History

    Man who tried to measure weather & war

    Lewis Fry Richardson – morality should always trump science.

    Lewis Fry Richardson was one of the first people to apply maths and physics to the science of weather forecasting. ...

    Mathematics January 23, 2022
  • How many people can fit into Australia?

    We answer a reader’s question with some fiddly mathematics.

    My 6-year-old son randomly asked me this question: How many people can fit into Australia?– Hannah This is an inte...

    Mathematics December 16, 2021
  • The AI making waves in complex mathematics

    Researchers are starting to use AI to develop and test abstract mathematical theorems – with surp...

    Artificial intelligence is used across myriad disciplines to trawl through troves of data too complex for the human b...

    AI December 3, 2021
  • History

    Claude Shannon turns us on

    Mathematician, electrical engineer, cryptographer and ‘the father of information theory’.

    Claude Shannon was a 22-year-old graduate student in 1938, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the renowned...

    Mathematics November 28, 2021
  • George Boole executes a search

    The self-taught maths genius who reached the Everest of logic.

    George Boole was born on 2 November 1815 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, in the East Midlands of England. He spent his care...

    Mathematics October 31, 2021
  • Calhoun’s prophet rodents and the creation of the "behavioural sink"

    A seminal research work on overpopulation in rodent communities created an increasingly elaborate...

    I first read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH as a young’un. What I didn’t know at the time was that it was inspired ...

    Mathematics October 22, 2021
  • Do fractals exist in nature?

    Finding fractals in nature isn’t too hard – you just need to look. But capturing them in images l...

    What are fractals? Fractals are objects in which the same patterns occur again and again at different scales and siz...

    Mathematics October 1, 2021
  • Why are there so many vaccinated people in hospital?

    It may be confronting to hear there are more vaccinated people than unvaccinated people in hospit...

    It may be confronting to hear there are more vaccinated people than unvaccinated people in hospital - but it's actual...

    COVID September 20, 2021
  • A mathematician watches The Number 23

    Once every decade or so, a film based on numerical ideas attempts to leap into the popular realm....

    Warning: spoilers, for this fourteen-year-old film, ahead. Additional warning: the mathematical reasoning displaye...

    Core Sciences September 17, 2021
  • When bus timetables and particle physics collide

    The challenges of mathematics equate to the most exciting new frontiers of science.

    Imagine taking a time-lapse photograph of a clear sky at night. The photograph will be filled with circular arcs of l...

    Australia September 10, 2021
  • John Maynard Keynes figures the odds

    It took a deep understanding of high mathematics to reshape the world’s economy.

    In his 1979 book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams introduced the concept of the Infinite Improbabi...

    Core Sciences September 5, 2021
  • Amazing gravito-electromagnetism!

    How can mathematics analogies shed light on reality?

    In some ways, mathematics is like literature. It has its own definitions and grammatical rules – although unfortunat...

    Core Sciences August 30, 2021
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