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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...