Mathematics

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 COVID19 escalated across...

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...

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...

Giddy up and go, by the numbers
Study models best (legal) way to win a thoroughbred race.
Given its subject matter, a newly released study’s opening line may be among the year’s most useful when it comes to ...

Research that gets to the point
Mathematicians consider how stone forests form.
Stone forests are as mysterious as they are majestic. It is not certain exactly what forces created the rock formati...

Using maths to improve ocean rescue
New algorithm promises to find missing people faster.
When someone gets lost at sea, every minute counts, as the probability of finding people alive plunges after six hour...

Partner Content
The mystique of mathematics
There’s beauty to find in maths, and maths in beauty.
Mathematics is visible everywhere in nature, even where we are not expecting it. It can help explain the way galaxies...

Conversation
How to understand coronavirus graphs
There are lots of numbers, but what are they saying?
Wrapping your head around the scale of a global pandemic is not easy, and the volume of stats and data can be bewilde...

Conversation
How social distancing flattens the curve
A mathematician explains the mechanics.
People travelling into Australia will now have to selfisolate for 14 days – one of a range of measures announced at ...

Focus
Even computers can’t get pi exactly right
But we’ll celebrate it on International Day of Maths.
You’ve probably heard of “pi day”, informally celebrated in several countries on March 14. That’s because writing thi...

Rachmaninoff rocked, says computer model
Novelty/influence comparison says he was the most innovative.
Rachmaninoff was the most innovative composer from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras of music (1700 to 1900) i...

Focus
Power and pitfalls of symbolic equations
Tracing the history of all those x’s and y’s.
Some people have bad memories of high school algebra, with all those x’s and y’s that seem to come from nowhere, as i...