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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!
Information about information
What is information and how does it shape our reality?
Mathematical mysteries: the Goldbach conjecture
Can every even number greater than 2 can be written as the sum of two primes? It's one of the trickiest...
Mathematical mysteries: Hailstone sequences
Here's an easy game that leads you straight to an unsolved question in maths.
23 and maths
The company 23andMe made headlines by launching its DNA testing service in the UK. But how are the risks of...
Writing the unwritable: up-arrow notation
How to write down unimaginably large numbers using just a few symbols.
The philosophy of cosmology
Can philosophy help explain our Universe?
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