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Submitted by plusadmin on December 1, 1999
What are the chances of a monkey
accidentally typing the complete works of Shakespeare
? How can maths help
reveal the secret of our genetic code
? On what
day of the week
were you born? And what's a
? In this issue we reveal all this and more. Plus we return to our roots with a look at some
Play to win with Nim
In the game of Nim one player always has a winning strategy — it depends on an unusual way of adding numbers.
Researching the unknown
Science is much stranger than fiction. It suggests that our Universe may just be one of infinitely many which...
Kissing the curve
From a smile to a line drawing by Picasso, curves bring great beauty to our world. But how curvy is a curve?
The power of good questions
Asking good questions is an important part of doing maths. But what makes a good question?
Maths, metronomes and fireflies
It's one of the most beautiful sights in nature: fireflies illuminating the night with their synchronised...
The philosophy of cosmology
Can philosophy help explain our Universe?
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