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Geraldine Paxton, an electronics engineer, is a member of the Ford Motor Company Limited's graduate trainee scheme. Geraldine tells us about her work there, from driving cars on the German autobahns to ensuring production lines keep working.


On June 25th 1998 the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory known as SOHO, a small spacecraft that monitors the sun, went missing. An error in the instructions given to it from ground control left it spinning out of control. However, there is a glimmer of hope. 

Practical problems often have no exact mathematical solution, and we have to resort to using unusual techniques to solve them. From navigation in the 17th century to postage stamps, see how this principle applies to a variety of reallife problems  and also learn how to use a piece of string to locate a German bomber!

The term fractal, introduced in the mid 1970's by Benoit Mandelbrot, is now commonly used to describe this family of nondifferentiable functions that are infinite in length. Find out more about their origins and history.
