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    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
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    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...

    ASC Edits May 21, 2020
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    Multiplication problem solved

    Will allow multiplication of huge numbers much faster.

    A Sydney mathematician has cracked a maths problem that has stood for almost half a century which will enable compute...

    ASC Edits April 23, 2019
  • Find the day of the week for any date

    The Doomsday Algorithm involves memorising codes.

    Martin Gardner is the inspiration behind this column. As many readers know, Gardner wrote his own column, called “Mat...

    Mathematics June 28, 2017
  • How to escape a maze – according to maths

    There are techniques for escaping from mazes.

    Mazes are in vogue at the moment, from NBO’s Westworld, to the return of the British cult TV series, The Crystal Maze...

    Mathematics March 19, 2017
  • Why X marks the unknown

    How the letter X became an algebra star.

    The letter X stands for the unknown or the mysterious: Project X; the X-Men; the X-Files. When physicist Wilhelm Rönt...

    Mathematics June 15, 2015
  • Celebrating pi!

    There’s more to pi than meets the eye.

    He’s a nerd, I guess!You may not have noticed, but the sentence above is written in “pilish”, a style of constraine...

    Mathematics March 9, 2015
  • Seduced by calculus

    2010 Fields Medal was won by a French mathematician.

    The French mathematician Cédric Villaniis no ordinary looking university professor. Handsome and slender, with a boyi...

    Mathematics February 16, 2015
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