## Articles

**Lewis Dartnell**solves these, and other, puzzles of animal patterning.

- Editorial trends - According to current trends, this editorial will never get written!
- I've got your number - Soon the maths-phobic will have nowhere left to hide.

*Plus*, we heard how a simple mathematical equation became the subject of a debate in the UK parliament.

**Chris Budd**and

**Chris Sangwin**continue the story of the mighty quadratic equation.

**Phil Wilson**, why should this be? Is mathematics a universal truth, and how would we tell?

- The Smith report: Making mathematics count
- Quadratic equations in Parliament!
- New look for Nrich - Our sister site Nrich unveils its new site design.

**John Haigh**thinks that perhaps the publicity surrounding the lottery has enhanced the nation's numeracy.