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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!
Phillip Griffiths: Beauty, truth and being practical
The winner of the 2014 Chern medal tells us about beauty in maths, the twists and turns of mathematical...
Making a right angle the Maya way
The Mayan civilisation brought forth many great things — including this clever way of making a right angle.
Did chaos cause mayhem in Jurassic Park?
Was T-rex unleashed by mathematical chaos?
Researching the unknown
Science is much stranger than fiction. It suggests that our Universe may just be one of infinitely many which...
Answers on a donut – the Fields medal lecture of Manjul Bhargava
We enjoyed Manjul Bhargava's Fields medal lecture so much we wanted to share it with you!
The philosophy of cosmology
Can philosophy help explain our Universe?
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