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The natural numbers, 1, 2, 3, 4, ..., are nice. So what could be nicer than discovering interesting patterns within them?

What do you get when you add up all the natural numbers 1+2+3+4+ ... ? Not -1/12! We explore a strange result that has been making the rounds recently.

There's no doubt that maths is very good at describing the world around us. Could this be because the Universe we live in is itself a mathematical structure? We talk to Max Tegmark.

Data from BICEP2 gathered in the South Pole reveals swirls in the CMB, the first image of gravitational waves and evidence for inflation.

If you're not sure how maths is relevant to real life, then go to see this year's popular lectures put on by the London Mathematical Society.

We vote that all academic papers have such tempting video trailers!

Fields medallist Cédric Villani talks to us about our solar system, chaos, and what it's like being a mathematical superstar.