The best selling toy of all time is the Rubik’s cube. Easy to scramble, difficult to solve, many people think those who can complete the brightly coloured Hungarian invention are very clever.
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…TV ratings are calculated from the viewing habits of just 5100 homes? BARB uses the statistics from this random sample to calculate viewing figures for the entire country.
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The traditional Japanese art of origami conjurers up images of delicate cranes and ornate flowers folded from just a single sheet of paper, but modern origami artists can do so much more. Now, medical devices, car airbags and space telescopes all benefit from their expertise, thanks to a little bit of help from mathematicians. Ruled […]
If you want to be a top photographer, learning ratios and sequences will get you the best results.
Ever wondered how you can cram so many songs on to a tiny MP3 player?
Everyone knows that a boomerang comes back when you throw it, but why? The peculiar path of a boomerang is due to a combination of its shape and the way it’s thrown, making them more than just your average projectile. Boomerang competitions are held all over the world, with prizes for the longest throws, the […]
Roller coasters engineers crunch the numbers to keep rides safe.
You know the drill, after all Christmas Day is the same every year: too much turkey, another pair of socks and the Queen delivering her annual festive speech. Afterwards, just as you sink into a comfy chair, to partake in a full-stomached doze, some distant relative perks up with: “anyone fancy a game of Monopoly?” […]
Would you like a job that involves handling car chases, dinosaurs, and spaceships? These are just some of the exciting things that a digital animator might make for films, television programmes, and video games. Maybe you’d prefer to put pen to paper as a traditional 2D animator, or get your hands dirty with a bit […]
The maths of music is more than just keeping the beat – it also helps musicians stay in tune!
Ever dreamed of making it big as a singer, or going on a worldwide tour with your band? Seeking fame and fortune as a professional musician isn’t easy, but it can be incredibly rewarding. You’ve got to have talent, dedication, and a little bit of luck to help storm your way up the charts, and […]
It’s not quite Strictly Come Dancing, but dancers and choreographers use maths in their work all the time.
Your race car screeches round a sharp corner, tires fighting to keep a grip on the tarmac. You destroy an alien spaceship, watching as it explodes into pieces drifting through space. You’re on the pitch at Wembley and your foot connects with the ball, sending it flying into the back of the net. It’s unlikely […]