Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was the only legitimate child of romantic poet Byron. At 17, her remarkable maths abilities began to show.
You are probably already thinking about your career choices after you leave university. This is exciting but can also be nerve-wracking, unless you’re one of the few who have planned their career even before arriving at university. Read more!
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Karl Marx was a historian, economist and philosopher whose theories were the foundation of the Communist revolutions that erupted all over the world in the 20th century. It’s particularly ironic that the Russian censors only allowed his work to be published because they thought it was a dull scientific work, heavy on the maths and […]
Harald Bohr who was born on April 22nd 1887, was a mathematician and footballer. While studying mathematics at the University of Copenhagen, he played for the Danish national football team in the 1908 summer Olympics. Bohr returned home with a silver medal, after the Danes lost the final 2-0 to the host team, Great Britain, […]
Annoyed that your favourite act didn’t win X Factor? Find out why it’s mathematically impossible to have a fair vote.
The famous 20th century scientist Albert Einstein once said, ‘Education is that which remains when one has forgotten everything learned in school’. He meant that learning how to be inquisitive and think for yourself is more important than just memorising facts. That’s how Einstein discovered the theory of relativity – thinking hard about the maths of the universe.
It’s estimated that 74 billion dollars a day are transmitted electronically around the world – and some of that’s probably yours. If this e-commerce is not absolutely secure, millions of people are risking billions of pounds. Why do you trust it? The history of encryption is filled with examples of people breaking codes that were […]
In the aftermath of the worldwide banking crisis and widespread recession it is hard for a day to pass without some mention of the stock market.
Wireless network is great, letting you surf the internet from your sofa without worrying about a tangled mess of cables, but the technology behind Wi-Fi was originally invented for an entirely different purpose. In 1977 an Australian astronomer named John O’Sullivan used a mathematical technique called Fourier transforms to improve his radio telescope, and today […]
Traffic problems getting you down? Maybe maths can help you arrive on time.
Ever had trouble with packing? You’re not alone.
Swimming records have tumbled thanks to futuristic swimsuits designed with mathematical precision.
Fire is a terrifying, destructive force. Studying its complicated dance saves lives and property.