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Plus went to see members of Norman Foster's group of architects to learn about the maths behind architecture.
Computer generated movies and electronic games: Joan Lasenby tells us about the mathematics and engineering behind them.
Winner of the general public category. Enormous is the right word: this theorem's proof spans over 10,000 pages in 500 journal articles and no-one today understands all its details. So what does the theorem say? Richard Elwes has a short and sweet introduction.
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Learn about the aerodynamics of footballs and perfect your free kick.
What goes up must come down — or does it? Find out how to cheat gravity with Julian Havil.
You've probably seen pictures of the famed Mandelbrot set and its mysterious cousins, the Julia sets. In this article Robert L. Devaney explores the maths behind these beauties and shows that they're loaded with mathematical meaning.
On the 25th of May 1997 a dramatic collision tore a hole into the space station Mir and sent it hurtling through space. As NASA astronaut Michael Foale tells Plus, the fate of Mir and its crew hinged on a classical set of equations.