You may not have heard about many famous black mathematicians from history. This is because until relatively recently it wasn’t easy for anyone who is black to go to university or have a career in science or mathematics. Despite facing many challenges, there have nevertheless been lots of black heroes of mathematics who have managed […]
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.. 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!
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The Fields Medal is often described as the mathematical equivalent of the Nobel Prize, as it is seen as the most prestigious prize which a mathematician can receive. Up to four Fields Medals are awarded every four years at a special congress, and unlike the Nobel Prize, the Fields Medal can only be won by […]
Robert Recorde (1512?–1558) is best known for inventing the equals symbol. Find out more about his life, work, and how he died defending his principles.
Ada – A Life and Legacy by Dorothy Stein MIT Press, 2004, £27.95 I chose this book because female mathematicians from this period were rare and I was curious that Lord Byron’s daughter showed mathematical ability when her father was a famous poet. This book is aimed at those who are interested in the history […]
by Graham Kendall, University of Nottingham Take a set of chess pieces and throw them all away except for one knight. Place the knight on any one of the 64 squares of a chess board. Can you make 63 legal moves so that you visit every square on the chess board exactly once? As a reminder, […]
As part of Black History Month, Dr Nira Chamberlain has produced a presentation which celebrates black mathematicians from history.
If you’ve ever asked what the largest number is during a maths lesson it is quite likely that some bright spark piped up with an answer along the lines of: “That’s easy! It’s infinity of course!” The only problem with infinity is that it isn’t a number as such, as demonstrated by the conversation below […]
#posydydd gan @GarethFfowc Dyma rai enghreifftiau o #posydydd gan @GarethFfowc. Mae yna gysylltiad yn aml rhwng y pos a’r dyddiad y cafodd ei bostio ar Twitter. Nid oes angen unrhyw fathemateg gymhleth i’w datrys ond gall parodrwydd i feddwl ‘y tu allan i’r bocs’ fod o gymorth. Pos 1 #posydydd 28/02 Mae ‘pump’ yn […]
#puzzleoftheday by @GarethFfowc Some examples of #puzzleoftheday maths puzzles by @GarethFfowc. The puzzle is often linked to the date it was posted on Twitter. No advanced mathematics is needed to solve them but a willingness to think outside the box can often help. Puzzle 1 #puzzleoftheday 28/02 The number ‘three’ repeats ‘e’, ‘nine’ repeats ‘n’. […]
Try a new way of learning about everyday maths – it’s free Citizen Maths is a free online maths course. It helps you learn maths in a new way. Instead of abstract routines, the course uses practical problems to help you grasp some “powerful ideas” in maths. You can then apply these in work and […]
What on earth do cakes, custard and category theory have in common apart from alliteration? Described as the only female category theorist in South Yorkshire, Cheng has written this quirky book to show that “mathematics is there to make difficult things easy”