News from the world of Maths

March 4, 2014

A clever statistical technique helped the Kepler mission to find the huge haul of new planets it announced last week.

March 4, 2014

The funeral of the great flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía this week reminded us of the mathematical and musical reasons we love flamenco.

March 4, 2014
Strings. Image credit: Johnny Settle (used under Creative Commons licence)
"[String theory] has led us in strange directions that we couldn't conceive of; it's revealed depths of mathematical structure that we couldn't have anticipated". Watch a video interview with Professor Michael Green, winner of the 2014 Fundamental Physics Prize.
February 27, 2014

How to catch those elusive gravitational waves.

February 27, 2014

We've read the book. We've bought the T-shirt. And now, finally, here it is: the movie of one of our favourite maths problems

February 25, 2014

Are there more irrational numbers than rational numbers, or more rational numbers than irrational numbers? Well, there are infinitely many of both, so the question doesn't make sense. It turns out, however, that the set of rational numbers is infinite in a very different way from the set of irrational numbers.

February 25, 2014

Cosmologists celebrated with champagne and cake today, in honour of Stephen Hawking's new Chair in Cosmology.

February 20, 2014

With spring (hopefully) on its way, it looks increasingly less likely that we will be blessed with the cold, white, fluffy stuff this year. But if the winter Olympics leave you yearning for snow and ice, here are some related maths stories for you.