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<p>Georgian school maths: bushels of corn, kilderkins of beer and feeding soldiers. All without algebra!</p>
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On 22 August 1704 James Stenning sat down in Ockley, Surrey, and began to write in a new exercise book. It had 34 leaves, and was about 16 cm by 20 cm: the size of a decent-sized hardback book, but slimmer and with only a paper cover.
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"If a city being besiged hath provision for to maintain 1760 souldiers 10 months how many will it maintain for 16 months?"
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"In a family Consisting of 7 Persons there are Drunk out 100 kilderkins of beer in 12 Dayes; how many kilderkins will be Drunk out in 8 Days by another family Consisting of 14 persons?"
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<p>This year's PISA results have caused predictable headlines, but do the statistics add up?</p>
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<p> According to the latest <a href="http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results.htm">PISA</a> study
Britain's teenagers have dropped out of the top 20 in reading,
maths and science. That's in a ranking of 65
economies from around the world. Media reactions were
predictable (worse than <em>Estonia?!</em>) and so were <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/dec/01/michael-gove-labour-international-league-table">Michael Gove's</a>
(it's the last government's fault), but some were a little more
critical.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/leaning-tower-pisa-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/leaning-tower-pisa-0#commentsmathematics educationstatisticsThu, 05 Dec 2013 16:56:34 +0000mf3445990 at http://plus.maths.org/contentThe maths sense
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You don't need to count to see that five apples are more than three oranges: you can tell just by looking. That's because you were born with a sense for number. But is that sense related to the mathematical abilities you develop later on? </div>
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<p>You don't need to count to see that five apples are more than three
oranges: you can tell just by looking. That's because we, as well as
many animal species, are born with a sense for number that allows
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people develop later on, or is learnt maths different from innate
maths?</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/maths-sense" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/maths-sense#commentsmathematical realityinnate mathematical abilitymathematics educationMon, 04 Nov 2013 09:54:33 +0000mf3445966 at http://plus.maths.org/contentMaths inspires a rollercoaster ride
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<p>Rollercoasters, the London Eye, planes, bikewheels and boomerangs - no it's not our plans for the summer holidays, it's just a normal afternoon at a Maths Inspiration gig.</p>
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Rollercoasters, the London Eye, aeroplanes, bike wheels and boomerangs — no it's not our plans for the summer holidays, it's just a normal afternoon at a <a href="http://www.mathsinspiration.com/index.jsp">Maths Inspiration</a> gig. These shows for 15-17 year olds are held all over the UK, creating a real sense of excitement thanks to the big venues, huge audiences, comedic MCs and because they are showcasing some of the best maths speakers.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/maths-inspires-rollercoaster-ride" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/maths-inspires-rollercoaster-ride#commentsmathematics educationThu, 04 Jul 2013 09:20:04 +0000Rachel5922 at http://plus.maths.org/contentWhy the answer to any sum is 10
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<p>Learning mathematics involves a progression to higher and higher concepts, building on the foundations of what we have already learnt. But Andrew Irving and Ebrahim Patel explain that no matter how high your mathematical knowledge reaches you must never lose sight of your foundations, no matter how basic they may seem.</p>
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<p><em>Learning mathematics involves a progression to higher and higher concepts, building on the foundations of what we have already learnt. But Andrew Irving and Ebrahim Patel explain that no matter how high your mathematical knowledge reaches you must never lose sight of your foundations, no matter how basic they may seem.</em></p>
<p style="float: center"><em>"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." </em>(W. B. Yeats)</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/why-answer-any-sum-10" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/why-answer-any-sum-10#commentsmathematical realitymathematics educationnumber systemThu, 16 Aug 2012 08:36:22 +0000mf3445762 at http://plus.maths.org/contentEuropean Girls' Maths Olympiad conquers Cambridge
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<p>This month 70 teenage girls from nineteen countries including Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia and Finland came to the University of Cambridge to participate in the inaugural <a href="http://www.egmo2012.org.uk/">European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad</a> (EGMO).</p>
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<p>People as well as animals are born with a sense for numbers. But is this inborn number sense related to mathematical ability? A new study suggests that it is.</p>
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<p>People and animals are born with a sense for numbers.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/node/5549" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/node/5549#commentsmathematical realityevolutioninnate mathematical abilitymathematics and languagemathematics educationWed, 07 Sep 2011 10:16:24 +0000mf3445549 at http://plus.maths.org/contentStudents keep falling in love with maths
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<p>Who said that people don't like maths? Numbers of entries to maths A and AS levels across the UK have again increased this year. The number of students taking maths A level has risen by 7.8% compared to last year and A level further maths entries have risen by 5.2% At AS level maths has seen an increase of 25.3% compared to last year and further maths an increase of 24.7%. The number of students taking A level maths is now higher than it has been for almost two decades.</p>
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<p>Who said that people don't like maths? Numbers of entries to maths A and AS levels across the UK have again increased this year. The number of students taking maths A level has risen by 7.8% compared to last year (from 77,001 to 82,995) and A level further maths entries have risen by 5.2% (from 11,682 to 12,287). At AS level maths has seen an increase of 25.3% compared to last year (from 112,847 to 141,392) and further maths an increase of 24.7% (from 14,884 to 18,555). The number of students taking A level maths is now higher than it has been for almost two decades.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/maths-levels-rise-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/maths-levels-rise-again#commentsmathematics educationThu, 18 Aug 2011 12:49:55 +0000mf3445544 at http://plus.maths.org/contentStruggling with your maths?
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<p>If you are, then you may be one of the 5 to 7% of the population suffering from dyscalculia, the mathematical equivalent of dyslexia. But unlike many dyslexia sufferers, you probably haven't received the help you need to cope with your condition. As a recent article published in the journal Science points out, dyscalculia is the "poor relation" of dyslexia.</p>
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A study designed by the students reveals social contact patterns among primary schools students. This type of information is crucial in mathematical models of how diseases spread, which can be used to test the effects of interventions like vaccination and school closures. The study was based on specially designed questionnaires which were handed out to primary schools and achieved an unprecedented response rate of nearly 90%. </p> </div>
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<p>A group of school students-turned-researchers has delivered new data that will help scientists stem the spread of infectious diseases.
A study designed by the students reveals social contact patterns among primary schools students. This type of information is crucial in mathematical models of how diseases spread, which can be used to test the effects of interventions like vaccination and school closures. And since
schools are hotbeds not just for social interaction, but also for viruses, they are of particular interest to epidemiologists.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/motivate-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/motivate-story#commentsepidemiologymathematics educationmedicine and healthThu, 25 Nov 2010 16:48:35 +0000mf3445355 at http://plus.maths.org/contentCareer interview: Mathematics educator and author
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<p>Students are becoming uninterested as teachers become demotivated by politicised maths, according to a recent report.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/how-solve-problem-mathematics" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/how-solve-problem-mathematics#commentsleague tablemathematics educationteachingThu, 05 Jun 2008 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin2547 at http://plus.maths.org/contentEditorial
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<p>In a response to a recent <a href="/latestnews/may-aug08/education">think tank</a> study into UK maths education the <i>Guardian's</i> Simon Jenkins tried to mount a <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/editorial-6" target="_blank">read more</a></p>47editorialmathematics educationmathematics in the mediaSat, 31 May 2008 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin4903 at http://plus.maths.org/content