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December 15, 2010
David Spiegelhalter Will there be a white Christmas? Will the snow delay your holiday flight? And what if you slip on the ice and break a leg? Life is full of uncertainties, so behind door #15 we've hidden our favourite expert on risk. David Spiegelhalter is famous for his TV appearances and newspaper articles, he runs the Understanding Uncertainty website, and he also regularly writes for Plus. Below is a selection from his Plus column, or you can see all his Plus articles here. 
December 14, 2010
Still short of a few presents? Here are some favourite books to fill those stockings: The number mysteries Maths for mums and dads The Sun Kings Sync: the emerging science of spontaneous order Deciphering the cosmic number Strange attractors Is god a mathematician? 
December 14, 2010
MathsJam is a monthly opportunity for likeminded selfconfessed maths enthusiasts to get together in a pub and share stuff they like. Puzzles, games, problems, or just anything they think is cool or interesting. Peter Rowlett Regular events take place in London and Manchester and now also in Nottingham. Events provisionally take place on the second to last Tuesday of every month. Nottingham organiser and Plus friend Peter Rowlett hopes that those involved with teaching mathematics will find ideas and inspiration to enrich teaching and encourage mathematical thinking, that students will find they develop techniques to approach problem solving in their studies, and that everyone will find it a fun, stimulating event to connect with maths as fun! If you want to find out when and where MathsJam events are taking place in Nottingham City Centre please send an email to nottingham@mathsjam.com. 
December 13, 2010
Monday mornings can be messy and horrible, so to purify your mind we give you some pure mathematical favourites: The prime number lottery And here is the second part of the series, The music of the primes. An enormous theorem: the classification of finite simple groups The trouble with five Gödel and the limits of logic
Omega and why maths has no TOEs Cantor and Cohen: Infinite investigators Part I and Part II
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December 12, 2010
Got your popcorn? Picked a good seat? Are you sitting comfortably? Then let the credits roll... Maths goes to the movies It's all in the detail Career interview: Visual effects director Maths, madness and movies Plus podcast: Maths in the movies 
December 11, 2010
Bells can do a lot more than just jingle! In fact, being a decent bell ringer requires razorsharp mathematical precision and a vast memory. And just 16 bells are enough to provide your neighbours with over a million years of nonrepeating bellish amusement. Find out how with Ringing the changes. 