News from the world of Maths

March 20, 2014

Yesterday cosmologists at the University of Cambridge delivered their verdict on a major breakthrough that rocked science this week: the announcement of the BICEP2 project of direct evidence for an inflationary theory of the Universe and the existence of gravity waves

March 17, 2014

Data from BICEP2 gathered in the South Pole reveals swirls in the CMB, the first image of gravitational waves and evidence for inflation.

March 14, 2014

We love every number equally but there is no denying the fame, ubiquity and usefulness of the number pi…

March 10, 2014

How chickens' eyes solve a subtle maths problem.

March 7, 2014

Tomorrow is International Women's Day, and it got us wondering… could this be the year we finally have a female winner of a Fields Medal?

March 4, 2014
Strings. Image credit: Johnny Settle (used under Creative Commons licence)
"[String theory] has led us in strange directions that we couldn't conceive of; it's revealed depths of mathematical structure that we couldn't have anticipated". Watch a video interview with Professor Michael Green, winner of the 2014 Fundamental Physics Prize.
March 4, 2014

A clever statistical technique helped the Kepler mission to find the huge haul of new planets it announced last week.

March 4, 2014

The funeral of the great flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía this week reminded us of the mathematical and musical reasons we love flamenco.