Mathematics

  • 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
  • Maths, encryption, and quantum computing

    As quantum computers get closer to reality, how will security keep up?

    Are you worried about someone listening into your calls, reading your emails, or watching your video chats? You’re...

    Computing August 18, 2021
  • A new angle on ancient trigonometry

    Ancient Greeks were said to have discovered trigonometry. But Australian detective work gives the...

    This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 6 August 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly...

    Australia August 13, 2021
  • A new angle on ancient trigonometry

    Ancient Greeks were said to have discovered trigonometry. But Australian detective work gives the...

    For some people, the word “trigonometry” conjures up images of right-angled triangles, or maybe even our old friends ...

    Civilisations August 6, 2021
  • The Cosmos Big Olympic Quiz

    From racing a bull shark to lifting cows, these are the Olympic stats you didn’t know you needed.

    Grab your beers and put your thinking caps on, because it's time for the Cosmos Big Olympic Quiz – but don't expect i...

    Core Sciences August 3, 2021
  • Cherry-picked COVID-19 statistics: Volume 2

    Were the weekend’s “Freedom Rallies” based on science?

    A flyer recently dropped into the letterboxes of some New South Wales residents urged people to attend the controvers...

    Australia July 27, 2021
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