After 2000 years of searching we only know of 51 perfect numbers and they're all even. What else do and don't we know about these rare and precious jewels of maths?
Nobody has ever found an odd perfect number. So do they exist at all and, if yes, what do they look like?
The answer comes from the physics of waves.
You've heard of the golden ratio but have you heard of the silver ratio? And all its other cousins called the metallic numbers? Read this article to meet the family!
From Fibonacci to spirals: explore the mathematical wonders of metallic numbers.
For over 250 years minimal surfaces have been playing hide and seek with mathematicians. But what are they and why are they interesting?
Are these methods fair?
With a bit of maths, yes!