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Metallic numbers: Fibonacci and more

From Fibonacci to spirals: explore the mathematical wonders of metallic numbers.

Less is more: The quest for minimal surfaces

For over 250 years minimal surfaces have been playing hide and seek with mathematicians. But what are they and why are they interesting?

Elections: Could they be fairer?

With a bit of maths, yes!

Elections: Three common methods

Are these methods fair?

Elections: Can they be fair?

Unfortunately the answer is no, not perfectly. Find out more here.

The power of ants

Find out how these humble animals have inspired computer algorithms to solve complex real-world problems.

Our changing picture of gravity

To celebrate the recent centenary of the first major test of Einstein's general theory of relativity, we look back over how our picture of gravity has changed.

The PEMDAS Paradox

It looks trivial but it keeps going viral. What answer do you get when
you calculate 6÷ 2(1+2)? David Linkletter explains the source of the confusion.

Maths in a minute: Escape velocity

Would you like to get away from Earth? Here's how fast you would need to go.

Maths in a minute: The d'Hondt method

How does the voting system for the European Parliament elections work?

Mysterious 6174

Start with your favourite four-digit number, follow these simple steps, and you'll never guess what happens next!

No maths for Europe

How should the seats in the European Parliament be allocated?

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