## Articles

**John D. Barrow**explains.

**Janna Levin**tells us more.

**Kevin Jones**investigates the links between music and mathematics, throwing in limericks, Fibonacci and Scott Joplin along the way.

*Plus*is proud to present an extended version of his winning entry for the THES/OUP 1999 Science Writing Prize.

**Kona Macphee**examines the prefix property, one of the important features of a good code.

**Jon Walthoe**explains why Benford's Law says otherwise, and why tax inspectors are taking an interest.

**Helen Mason**explains.

**Martin Turner**takes you on a journey from the motion of a microscopic particle to the creation of imaginary moonscapes.

*fractal*, introduced in the mid 1970's by Benoit Mandelbrot, is now commonly used to describe this family of non-differentiable functions that are infinite in length. Find out more about their origins and history.