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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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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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How much mathematics is there?

And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. (Ecclesiastes 12:12; King James Bible.) I’ve memorised all the digits of pi. Now I just … Continue reading

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Fair shares and pieces of pizza

I’m grateful to Dr Richard Morrison for calling my attention to a worthy addition to the mathematics of food and drink. It’s one of several nice problems in pizza slicing; this one was originally posed by Prof. Peter Winkler in … Continue reading

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After the Burn

A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn’t there. — Charles Darwin A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. — Alfréd Rényi I’m not sure which of these definitions of … Continue reading

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Aiming high

Some of you may already have seen the feature article in this week’s issue of Nature about the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences. What you probably don’t know is that our own Wilson Lamb has been involved with this institute … Continue reading

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Tweety pi?

Those of you who subscribe to the University’s Twitter feed may have spotted a tweet last week that read “Maths researchers @UniStrathclyde work with industrial partner on new way to measure impact of social media campaigns”. If you chased this … Continue reading

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