Hugh Hunt, University of Cambridge The Wall of Death has been the most enigmatic dare-devil motorbike stunt for more than 100 years. Motorcyclists ride around the inside of a vertical wall, rather like a huge barrel, at speeds of around 30mph. Most Wall of Death “drums” are about 32 feet (10 metres) in diameter. There […]
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…your body contains more bacterial cells than human ones? The average adult is made up of 10 million million cells but there are 10 times as many bacterial cells living inside us.
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It takes around four months to produce a new vaccine, meaning that when pandemic strikes, vaccines won’t be the first line of defence. Instead researchers rely on mathematical models which predict how a disease might spread.
What will you do once you have finished your maths degree? One of the big challenges is actually being able to put a name to some of the jobs which are out there. Most technical job titles don’t contain the word maths or mathematician, even though they are suitable for people with maths degrees.
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 […]
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 […]
“…between 2012 and 2017 the demand for Big Data staff is predicted to grow by between 13% and 23% each year…” More data is being stored and generated than ever before. Every time you send an e-mail, pay by credit card, visit the doctor or even switch on your smartphone you are generating data. In […]
When detectives arrive at the scene of a murder they are presented with lots of evidence, ranging from tiny unseen hairs or particles which could provide DNA, to bigger more noticeable clues such as potential murder weapons. Some of the most gruesome and obvious clues are usually bloodstains, and, by using mathematical analysis, these bloodstains […]
Maria Bruna is the first mathematician to win a L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland for Women in Science Fellowship. She is a Junior Research Fellow an Affiliate Researcher.
Explore a variety of different careers that use mathematics via these career advice videos from icould.com Matt discusses his role as a consultant at the Met Office: Sarah talks about her role in finance management for the Arcadia Group: Chris discusses construction management at Balfour Beatty: Nicola on her role designing satellites […]
How mathematics is used to measure plant growth and to create mathematical models that can imitate and predict growth using Hookes law.
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 […]
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 […]
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