Monthly Archives: October 2011

Quotation for the week: Augustine

A famous quotation from a famous source this week, but one which is probably famous for the wrong reasons. First, the famous version: The good Christian should beware the mathematician and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already … Continue reading

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Student Maths Society

The Maths Society has changed hands this year and is ready for a great academic year full of sociable events! Anyone who is interested in joining the society should sign up at the Student Union level 7 or if you … Continue reading

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1089 and all that

Here is the solution to Adam McBride’s problem. What one needs to explain here is why the result is independent of the 3 digit number you start with. A general 3 digit whole positive number has the form , where … Continue reading

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Solitons and jazz: interview with Dr John Parkes

This year sees the retirement of Dr. E. J. (John) Parkes. His Final Honours Waves course is running one more time, and he is now an Honorary Research Fellow — which means that we will be seeing more of him, … Continue reading

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Liebeck’s sequence: an applied mathematician writes

Our solution to Liebeck’s problem, and in particular our comments about how an applied mathematician might tackle it, provoked a response from… an applied mathematician, Prof. Nigel Mottram. Here, with permission, are his thoughts on the problem. If I have … Continue reading

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The deranged postman problem 2

In an earlier post we defined the deranged postman problem. Postman Pat is trying to deliver items of mail to different addresses, but having broken his glasses he simply posts one item at random through each letterbox. What is the … Continue reading

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Project Euler

Project Euler is an ever-expanding collection of computational problems (i.e. problems that involve mathematical thinking but are too hefty to be done by hand). As of yesterday, it contained 355 problems. Some of them seem boring, but each is a … Continue reading

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