• History

    Nils Aall Barricelli

    The Italian-Norwegian mathematician was a genuine original.

    In March 2003, science and technology historian George Dyson gave a typically entertaining TED talk about the creatio...

    Core Sciences April 18, 2021
  • 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...

    Core Sciences April 3, 2021
  • 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...

    Core Sciences March 14, 2021
  • 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...

    Automation March 2, 2021
  • Courting controversy

    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...

    Core Sciences January 28, 2021
  • History

    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 ...

    Core Sciences January 17, 2021
  • Research

    Mathematical Modelling: 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...

    Biology January 6, 2021
  • 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...

    Core Sciences December 17, 2020
  • 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...

    Core Sciences December 9, 2020
  • 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 ...

    Core Sciences December 3, 2020
  • 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...

    Core Sciences September 9, 2020
  • 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...

    Core Sciences May 27, 2020
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