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  • The maths of online dating

    The maths of online dating

    You might not think that finding your true love and mathematics have much in common, however increasingly you would be wrong. Just like the fact that more people are shopping online every year, more people are also dating online. The online dating industry is worth an estimated £300 million each year in the UK and […]

  • 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 […]

  • Where would the world be without mathematics?

    Where would the world be without mathematics?

      The British Society for the History of Mathematics is inviting young people aged 11 to 19 who are in secondary education to explore the question "what the world would be like without mathematics?" by entering their new competition.   You can choose to create an article, a short video, or a multi-media project. Head […]

  • Percolating Possibilities

    Percolating Possibilities

    Imagine you are a farmer who owns an orchard. One of your greatest fears is that blight spreads through your orchard, destroying your crops and ruining your livelihood. You therefore want to know how best to plant your trees in order to minimise the chance of the blight taking over. Mathematicians have modelled this problem […]