http://plus.maths.org/content/Blog/g/content/issue31/features/%20http%3A/www.britishsciencefestival.org en Compression and quantum bit strings - video abstracts http://plus.maths.org/content/compression-and-quantum-bit-strings-video-abstracts <p>Check out this great new video abstract for a paper from the <a href="http://dag.quantumlah.org" rel="nofollow">the wild bunch</a> at the <a href="http://quantumlah.org" rel="nofollow">Centre for quantum technologies in Singapore</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/compression-and-quantum-bit-strings-video-abstracts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://plus.maths.org/content/compression-and-quantum-bit-strings-video-abstracts#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Rachel 6079 at http://plus.maths.org/content Diseases, maths and illegal numbers http://plus.maths.org/content/maths-disease-illegal <p> 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 <a href="http://lms.ac.uk">London Mathematical Society</a>. Kevin Buzzard of Imperial College will explore the digitisation of our lives — the fact that many of the things we enjoy and work with are now stored on computers which reduce them to numbers. This has weird consequences. For example, some numbers are copyrighted, and there are even some illegal prime numbers.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/maths-disease-illegal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://plus.maths.org/content/maths-disease-illegal#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:12:12 +0000 mf344 6078 at http://plus.maths.org/content Cosmology breakthrough raises new questions http://plus.maths.org/content/cosmology-breakthrough-raises-new-questions <p>Yesterday cosmologists at the University of Cambridge delivered their verdict on a major breakthrough that rocked science this week: the announcement of the <a href="http://bicepkeck.org/">BICEP2</a> project of direct evidence for an inflationary theory of the Universe and the existence of gravity waves (see <a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/first-swirling-glimpse-inflation-and-gravity-waves">here</a> for our report).<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/cosmology-breakthrough-raises-new-questions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://plus.maths.org/content/cosmology-breakthrough-raises-new-questions#comments cosmological inflation cosmology gravitational wave theory of inflation Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:13:24 +0000 mf344 6067 at http://plus.maths.org/content Happy Pi Day! http://plus.maths.org/content/happy-pi-day-0 <p> We love every number here at <em>Plus</em> equally (ok, not really, 3 and <em>i</em> are the best numbers), but there is no denying the fame, ubiquity and usefulness of the number <img src="/MI/1b988f91462e73a7c761a43769ebf82b/images/img-0001.png" alt="$\pi $" style="vertical-align:-1px; width:10px; height:9px" class="math gen" />. Today, written as 3.14 in US date format, is known as Pi Day, and we are celebrating with this lovely image created by Mick Joyce. </p> <div class="centreimage"><img src="http://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/blog/032014/joyce_web.jpg" width="600" height="273" alt="pi"/><p>Graphic representation of <img src="/MI/1b988f91462e73a7c761a43769ebf82b/images/img-0001.png" alt="$\pi $" style="vertical-align:-1px; width:10px; height:9px" class="math gen" />, created by Mick Joyce</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/happy-pi-day-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://plus.maths.org/content/happy-pi-day-0#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:17:29 +0000 Rachel 6063 at http://plus.maths.org/content Happy International Women's Day 2014! http://plus.maths.org/content/happy-international-womens-day-2014 <div class="rightimage" style="width:300px"><img src="http://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/news/2010/icm/Plus_cedric_small.jpg" width="300" height="225" alt="Marianne and Rachel with Cedric Villani"/><p>The <em>Plus Team</em>, Marianne and Rachel, with one of the Fields Medallists, Cédric Villani, at the 2010 ICM</p></div> <p> Tomorrow is <a href="http://www.internationalwomensday.com">International Women's Day</a>, and it got us wondering… could this be the year we finally have a female winner of a <a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/taxonomy/term/1061">Fields Medal</a>? </p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/happy-international-womens-day-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://plus.maths.org/content/happy-international-womens-day-2014#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:22:34 +0000 Rachel 6061 at http://plus.maths.org/content A matter of gravity http://plus.maths.org/content/matter-gravity <div class="rightimage" style="width: 350px;"><img src="http://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/blog/022014/snowboarder_in_halfpipe.jpg" alt="Snowboarder" width="350" height="233" /> <p>Snowboarders are vulnerable to gravity. Image: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Snowboarder_in_halfpipe.jpg">Picswiss.ch</a>.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/matter-gravity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://plus.maths.org/content/matter-gravity#comments general relativity gravitational wave gravitational wave detector gravity inverse square law special relativity Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:58:39 +0000 mf344 6051 at http://plus.maths.org/content