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Mathematics for aliens
It has often been observed that mathematics is astonishingly effective as a tool for understanding the universe. But, asks
, why should this be? Is mathematics a universal truth, and how would we tell?
101 uses of a quadratic equation: Part II
In issue 29 of
, we heard how a simple mathematical equation became the subject of a debate in the UK parliament.
continue the story of the mighty quadratic equation.
Running a lottery, for beginners
There are many different types of lottery around the world, but they all share a common aim: to make money.
explains why lotteries are the way they are.
Science fiction, science fact: reports from the frontiers of physics
What is time? What is space? Are there parallel universes? Join Plus and FQXi on a journey exploring these...
Researching the unknown
Science is much stranger than fiction. It suggests that our Universe may just be one of infinitely many which...
Make a difference to mathematics
What Planck saw
Cosmologists gathered in the Netherlands last week to discuss a new view of the Universe. The Universe as...
The Abel Prize 2013
This year's Abel Prize has been awarded to the Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne for "seminal...
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