## Articles

**Charlotte Mulcare**uses milk to show how maths and stats can provide genetic answers.

**Lewis Dartnell**turns the universe into a matrix to model traffic, forest fires and sprawling cities.

**Chris Sangwin**takes us through excerpts of Euler's algebra text book and finds that modern teaching could have something to learn from Euler's methods.

*string theory*have nudged their way into public consciousness. It's a theory of everything in which everything's made of strings — or something like that. But why strings? What do they do? Where did the idea come from and why do we need such a theory?

**David Berman**has an equation-free introduction for beginners.

*any*tilings based on fiveness?

**Craig Kaplan**takes us through the five-fold tiling problem and uncovers some interesting designs in the process.

**Rob Eastaway**and

**John Haigh**find chance in church and work out the odds.