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  • Bitcoin - The currency built with mathematics

    Bitcoin - The currency built with mathematics

    Bitcoin is a virtual currency. This means that it only exists digitally, it does not have physical notes or coins, and it can be used to buy things on the internet. One of the major reasons that people might want to use Bitcoin is that it exists internationally and isn't controlled by any one government […]

  • The Secrecy Scare

    The Secrecy Scare

    We are always being told to keep our data safe, so why would anybody want to ban encryption? One of the most important applications of mathematics in the last 100 years has undoubtedly been work related to encryption and code breaking. At the end of the Second World War Alan Turing’s team at Bletchley Park […]

  • Who employs mathematicians?

    Who employs mathematicians?

    Maths graduates may not always be aware of the various employment opportunities available to them. Below we offer a list of employer websites divided into several categories. This list is just a sample of the organisations who employ graduates with mathematical skills. There are many more. Accountancy | Aerospace & Defence | Automotive | Biosciences […]

  • Five famous female Mathematicians

    Five famous female Mathematicians

    You may not have heard about many famous female mathematicians. This is because until relatively recently it wasn't easy for women to go to university, let alone have a career in science or mathematics. Despite this, there have been women throughout history who have made great discoveries and many more making great discoveries today. Hypatia […]

  • Practical Applications of Algebra

    Practical Applications of Algebra

    It's easy to think of algebra as an abstract notion that has no use in real life. Understanding the history and the practical applications of algebra that are put into use every day might make you see it a little differently. The main idea behind algebra is to replace numbers (or other specific objects) by […]

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  • Hidden Figures (PG) Review

    Hidden Figures (PG) Review

    Hidden Figures tells the true story of three African-American women who worked at NASA in the 1960s. Their story is remarkable for many reasons – not only were they women working in a male dominated research environment – they were also working in a segregated America where Black people weren’t allowed to attend the same […]

  • Five famous black mathematicians

    Five famous black mathematicians

    You may not have heard about many famous black mathematicians from history.  This is because until relatively recently it wasn’t easy for anyone who is black to go to university or have a career in science or mathematics.  Despite facing many challenges, there have nevertheless been lots of black heroes of mathematics who have managed […]

  • British Winners of the Fields Medal

    British Winners of the Fields Medal

    The Fields Medal is often described as the mathematical equivalent of the Nobel Prize, as it is seen as the most prestigious prize which a mathematician can receive. Up to four Fields Medals are awarded every four years at a special congress, and unlike the Nobel Prize, the Fields Medal can only be won by […]

  • Engineering Cycling Gold

    Engineering Cycling Gold

    Team GB had a sensational summer at the 2016 Rio Olympics, bringing home a total of 12 cycling medals, double that of any other nation. This success is not only down to having the best riders in the world, but also because they ride the best bikes in the world. Having the best equipment is […]

  • Non-destructive testing with the help of mathematics

    Non-destructive testing with the help of mathematics

    Every day we put our trust in the buildings and vehicles around us, feeling confident that they aren’t going to collapse while we use them. One of the main reasons for this confidence is that a small army of engineers is constantly testing our planes, trains and buildings, looking for cracks or defects so that […]