You might have noticed how your chocolate bars have been getting smaller but have stayed roughly the same price. This is called shrinkflation – it is a cunning way of raising prices without actually raising the price of the product you are buying off the shelf. It is only when you sit down and do […]
I love Maths
.. in 1997 the USS Yorktown ground to a halt when one of its computers tried to divide by zero, crashing the entire network and causing the ship to lose control of its propulsion system!
I love Maths
The Computer Generated Images [cgi] that are now an essential part of movies and computer games would be impossible without the underlying mathematics. And so would the design process which lies at the heart of almost anything you buy or use these days. Look around you. Cars, buildings, aeroplanes, mobile phones and tech of any […]
An ancient legend about some rice and a chessboard goes as follows: “A wise old ruler wanted to reward his servant for an act of extraordinary bravery. The servant said: ‘Master I ask you for just one thing. Take your chessboard and place on the first square one grain of rice. On the first day […]
You could be a maths teacher looking for ideas for a school trip, or you might be an enthusiastic parent or pupil who wants to find some maths on their day off. We hope that you will find inspiration in this list of maths themed days out. Maths and History Mathematics has a long and […]
Throughout history people have needed to defend themselves against enemy attack, and in the UK this has led to the building of many castles and forts. Maths can help in both making castles easier to defend and also in making them look good. Early Hill Forts – what is the best shape? If you are […]
You have already made the decision to study maths at university, but how do you decide which courses to apply for? This article won’t tell you where to choose, but hopefully it will get you to ask the right questions, so that you can make a good decision for yourself. Will I be accepted? This […]
It’s time to celebrate Pi Day again – Happy 14th March! (Or 3.14 in the U.S. where the month and date are written the other way around.)
The world’s oldest known maths puzzle is called the Stomachion. The Stomachion is what is known as a dissection puzzle, and consists of 14 pieces inside a square. Other famous dissection puzzles include Tangrams and the Pythagorean Square Puzzle.
Eggs are nutritious and the British public love them – in fact nearly 13 billion of them are eaten each year in the UK. Every shopper is faced with a lot of choice when it comes to eggs, not only do they need to choose whether to buy free range, they also need to decide […]
Euler’s Number, written as e, is probably the second most famous mathematical constant after Pi. But what is Euler’s Number, and how do we calculate it?
The kissing number In mathematics the ‘kissing number’ is defined as the largest number of circles which can touch another given circle of the same size. You can find the solution easily by using coins. It is pretty obvious that only six coins can touch another central coin at one time. Therefore in two dimensions […]
Maths is really important to our everyday lives. That is the one of the main themes of a new independent report called the ‘Era of Mathematics’ which has been launched in the House of Lords. If you ever had doubts about how useful maths is, then this report will show you just how important maths […]
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