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Why do so many people say they hate mathematics, asks <b>David Acheson</b>? The truth, he says, is that most of them have never been anywhere near it, and that mathematicians could do more to change this perception - perhaps by emphasising the element of surprise that so often accompanies mathematics at its best. </div>
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<h2>The element of surprise in mathematics</h2>
<p><i>Why do so many people say they hate mathematics?</i></p>
<p>All too often, the real truth is that they have never been allowed anywhere near it, and I believe that mathematicians like myself could do more, if we wanted, to bring some of the ideas and pleasures of our subject to a wide public.</p>
<p>And one way of doing this might be to emphasise the element of <i>surprise</i> that often accompanies mathematics at its best.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/1089-and-all" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/1089-and-all#comments31ellipseFermat's Last Theoremfocalpointsgeometrykeplerleibnizmathematics and magicpendulumPiproofTue, 31 Aug 2004 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin2250 at http://plus.maths.org/contentFinding order in chaos
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All of science can be regarded as motivated by the search for rules behind the randomness of nature, and attempts to make prediction in the presence of uncertainty. Chris Budd describes the search for pattern and order in <b>chaos</b>. </div>
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<h2>Can we predict the future?</h2>
<p>In general it is easy enough to predict what will happen one second into the future, harder but not impossible to predict what will happen an hour into the future, but more or less impossible to predict what will happen a year into the future.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/finding-order-chaos" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/finding-order-chaos#comments26butterfly effectchaosgalileoLaplaceLorenzNewtonian mechanicspendulumperiodplanetary motionpredictionweather forecastingSun, 31 Aug 2003 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin2227 at http://plus.maths.org/content