mathematics

  • Maths mystery solved after 40 years

    A proof for graph theory’s Kelmans-Seymour conjecture.

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    Mathematics May 30, 2016
  • The art and beauty of mathematics

    Why couldn’t high school mathematics be more like this?

    These delicate shapes aren’t whimsical penstrokes on a canvas hanging on a gallery wall – at their heart lies simple ...

    Mathematics February 29, 2016
  • Probability and the birthday paradox

    How many people does it take to find a common birthdate?

    In mathematics, probability theory often goes against what feels “right” or “natural”, it can even seem illogical unt...

    Mathematics February 1, 2016
  • How do I solve a magic square?

    Magic square: This arithmetical stunt is not difficult when you know how.

    Magicians often include acts that are not strictly magic, but leave their audiences feeling that they have witnessed ...

    Mathematics November 23, 2015
  • The inventor of abstract algebra

    Mathematician Emmy Noether was a genius.

    Noether’s Theorem is to theoretical physics what natural selection is to biology. If you wrote an equation encapsulat...

    Physics October 19, 2015
  • A beautiful number: the golden ratio

    The golden ratio has long been associated with beauty.

    Some numbers are held to be lucky, others unlucky and yet others are imbued with divine or mystical significance.On...

    Mathematics October 12, 2015
  • A maths problem for the colouring in set

    Mathematicians struggled with a deceptively simple problem.

    On a recent breakfast outing my five year old niece was handed an intricately designed paper place mat and four crayo...

    Mathematics September 28, 2015
  • Robotic whiskers to sniff out danger

    Study seals to devise sensors that can track air or water flow.

    Twisting and tumbling in the murkiest waters, seals easily chase down fleeing shoals of fish. Their secret?  Whiskers...

    Biology August 17, 2015
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