News from the world of Maths
February 2, 2011
Quantum mechanics is usually associated with weird and counterintuitive phenomena we can't observe in real life. But it turns out that quantum processes can occur in living organisms, too, and with very concrete consequences. Some species of birds, for example, use quantum mechanics to navigate. Last year we talked to physicists Simon Benjamin and Erik Gauger, and found out that studying these little creatures' quantum compass may help us achieve the holy grail of computer science: building a quantum computer. 
February 2, 2011
It's been nearly 18 months since the Large Hadron Collider at CERN started up and scientists are eagerly awaiting their first glimpse into the cosmic mysteries it was designed to explore. But when can we realistically expect the first groundbreaking discoveries to come through? Last week, John Ellis, outgoing leader of the theory division at CERN, addressed an audience of physicists at the University of Cambridge to update them on the current state of play. Plus went along and also managed to catch Ellis for a quick interview. 
January 21, 2011
Straight statistics is a campaign set up by journalists and statisticians to improve the use of statistics by government, the media, 
January 21, 2011
Negative numbers are easy to imagine if you think of the number line as 
January 14, 2011
Sixteenyeatold Rebecca Simpson has won a national competition to produce a creative photo connected to maths. The competition was run by Maths Inspiration, who organise maths lecture events in theatres around the country. Rebecca's entry, entitled Box and whiskers, depicts a cat being measured for its level of cuteness. It's a play on box and whiskers diagrams, which will be familiar to any GCSE maths pupil. 
December 20, 2010
Mathematicians are often good musicians. To prove this, here are some impressive compositions. Enjoy! 
December 20, 2010
Oh, Christmas is so magical! But of course magic often boils down to being surprised. Find out how mathemagicians trade off the fact that you can usually predict precisely the outcome of doing something in mathematics, but only if you know the secret beforehand. Here's for some maths and magic! 
December 20, 2010
p>23 is a prime number. Mathematicians love primes. But why? Find out with this prime collection of prime articles.
