GCSE maths overhaul
posted by Plus @ 10:51 AM
posted by Plus @ 10:51 AM
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posted by Plus @ 5:48 PM
The two major events over the last couple of months have been the credit crunch and the US presidential election. We take a mathematical view of both of these, muse over the surprising effectiveness of maths when it comes to describing the world we live in, and scrutinise some mathematical philosophy. Plus the usual mix of news, reviews and podcasts.
posted by Plus @ 3:10 PM
Tonight sees a rare astronomical event: the Moon, Venus and Jupiter can all be seen close to each other in the same region of the night sky. In fact, Venus just passed behind the Moon! Over the next few nights, clouds permitting, you'll be able to see them slowly moving apart — get out your telescopes and look out for bright objects near the Moon!
posted by Plus @ 6:01 PM
Oh noes, missed it! Please can you post the skywatching tips well in advance.
BTW, they won't be near the moon for long.
The science of complexity
What do the human brain, the Internet and climate change have in common? They're all hugely complex, and while they're very different, the tools used to grapple with this complexity are likely to be similar. We visited the Cambridge complex systems consortium, dedicated to building an over-arching science of complexity, and talked to neuroscientist Ed Bullmore, mathematician Frank Kelly and climate scientist Hans Graf about their take on complexity. Listen to the podcast of the interviews.
This podcast accompanies the article Catching terrorists with maths.
posted by Plus @ 11:43 AM
The recent news of the great Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar surpassing West Indian Brian Lara's record number of test runs has given maths-loving cricket geeks another opportunity to pull out their calculators and Excel spreadsheets. Marc West is openly one of these nuts and did just that.
posted by Plus @ 3:05 PM