Author: Marianne Freiberger

The Plus career posters achieve TV fame
A mathematical model evaluates responses to epidemics
An algorithm for solving Sudoku puzzles from an unexpected source
More honours for the director of the Millennium Mathematics Project
Some news on Julia sets
This is a new edition of an old classic. Abbott wrote this beautiful tale over a hundred years ago under the pseudonym A Square. It still is one of the best introductions to a mathematical world of higher dimensions, and it's an amazingly imaginative social satire, too.
Teaching a machine to understand music is an incredibly difficult task, which uses all the mathematical power of digital signal processing. But teaching a machine to compose music is quite another matter, and the wonderful world of mathematical patterns proves to be a gold mine. Nick Collins talks to Plus about his artificial musician.
A crisis in cryptography?
Carla Farsi is both an artist and a mathematician, who declared 2005 her Special Year for art and maths. Find out what she got up to, and what it's like being a part of both worlds.