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A song for Pi Day

If you’re reading this blog then you probably already know that today is Pi Day. In honour of the occasion, here’s a video in which our former student Chris Smith hymns the joys of — with the assistance of his … Continue reading

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EMS Popular Lecture: Maths and Sport

This year’s EMS Popular Lecture will take place on Friday 21 March in Edinburgh. Professor John Barrow will talk about “Maths and Sport”: We will reveal some of the many ways in which mathematics helps us understand and improve sporting … Continue reading

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Maths makes your brain light up… but why?

By now you may have spotted the news story that the BBC headlined as “Mathematics: Why the brain sees maths as beauty”. As usual with science reporting, the headline doesn’t quite capture what the story’s about. The story’s based on … Continue reading

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RSS event: statistics and the referendum

Here at DoF we try to stay away from politics, or at least from the sort of politics that might get us accused of lobbying. However, even we have noticed that a vote is due to take place in September … Continue reading

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Two forthcoming IMA seminars

If you’re interested in applications of mathematics, you might want to check out two upcoming IMA seminars, one in Edinburgh and one in Glasgow. On 20 February in Edinburgh, Prof. Murray Campbell will talk on “Applications of Mathematics in understanding … Continue reading

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Wit and heuristics in crosswords and mathematics

In a recent post on the SIAM blog, Professor Des Higham discusses cryptic crosswords and the reasons why they appeal to so many mathematicians of his acquaintance. I’m one of those mathematicians, having tried my hand both at solving and … Continue reading

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Chain reaction forces

Here’s a weird little phenomenon that should appeal to all of us who think we understand Newtonian mechanics…

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