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Maths and politics

Mathematicians like to think that their field transcends politics, but as this brief history of the International Congress of Mathematicians shows, international mathematics has always been coloured by world events.

What is pharmaceutical statistics?

Why does the pharmaceutical industry need statisticians and what do they do?

Blockchain: Spreading trust

Bitcoin is a digital currency that isn't regulated by any kind of central authority. The structure which allows this decentralisation is called blockchain, and is currently a hot topic in the tech world. But how, and how well, does it work?

Dodging Doppler: Atomic clocks and laser cooling

Atomic clocks are the best time keepers we have, but to function they need to be kept incredibly cold. Paradoxically, the cooling is achieved by shining light on them. Find out how with Nobel laureate Bill Phillips.

Heisenberg's uncertainty principle

What happens if you squeeze the quantum fuzziness inherent in an electron's position?

Inspiring the next generation

Nearly 18 million students took part in Brazil's maths olympiad for schools!

An interview with June Barrow-Green

We talk to June Barrow-Green about the history of women in mathematics.

Maths in a minute: Transcendental numbers (and politics)

A quick introduction to transcendental numbers, a famous problem which relates to them, and how the person who solved it became a victim of political tensions.