## Articles

**number 23**.

**data compression**.

**Isaac Newton**and David Gregory - took place on the campus of Cambridge University. The discussion concerned the

**kissing problem**, but it was to be another 260 years before the problem was finally solved.

**Golden Ratio**, and ever since people have been fascinated by its extraordinary properties. Find out if beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and how the Golden Ratio crosses from mathematics to the arts.

**Medical statistics**can help us to decide what treatment to look for when we are ill, and to estimate our chances of recovery.

**John Haigh**uses Game Theory to find the answers, and looks at his World Cup predictions from last issue.

*Plus*meets mathematician, author and broadcaster

**Simon Singh**to find out about the science of secrecy.

**John Conway**believes they are going to want to talk mathematics. He talks to

*Plus*about his

*Life*game, artificial life and what we will have in common with extraterrestrials.