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The death of the lightning calculator
Runner up in the schools category
Being good at mental arithmetic isn't going to gain you much street cred these days. But, as
explains, not so long ago it was a sure route to fame and fortune — even if you were a horse.
What is maths for? - What do we hope people will know after studying maths at school?
New Plus posters! - Find out how you can get hold of your own copy of our brilliant new poster!
Specially for students - This issue of Plus brings you the first of an occasional series expecially for use in the classroom.
Optional maths - should students be able to give up maths at age 14?
Outer space - In what will now be a regular feature, mathematician and cosmologist John D. Barrow shares some maths that's amused and intrigued him.
Readers' corner- More Strange activities for last issue's Ship of Fools!
Information overload - how mathematicians are helping us all to make sense of the vast amount of information now available to us
Sum problems - can you be good at mathematics without being good at arithmetic?
Readers' corner - Meet Mandy, the cuddly Mandelbrot set!
Build a mega Menger!
Help to build the world's largest distributed fractal!
The multiverse: Science or speculation?
If you like to have your mind blown cosmology is a great field to go into. But is it science?
Dreaming the dream
Why cosmologists worry about isolated brains that randomly fluctuate into existence.
Why do mathematicians play games?
Why game theory is a serious business.
Information about information
What is information and how does it shape our reality?
The philosophy of cosmology
Can philosophy help explain our Universe?
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