News from the world of Maths

May 1, 1998

"Nothing is more interesting than nothing" - or so says Ian Stewart, Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University. Many people have difficulty with the concept of zero. In fact, it has only really been used for the last 1500 years or so.

January 1, 1998

Mathematics is a maze, according to Ian Stewart at the Royal Institutions Christmas Lecture.

September 1, 1997

In issue No 1 we introduced GIMPS, the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search. Well, on Sunday 24th August 1997 they did it again.

September 1, 1997

Numbers like Pi have no repeating pattern. So just how accurately do we know what it is?

September 1, 1997

COSMOS, the world's first national cosmology supercomputer, has been launched.

May 1, 1997

Mathematics is not only for men, says the author of the new booklet "Women in the History of Mathematics from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century".

May 1, 1997

The UK weekly science magazine New Scientist has unveiled a brand new web site.

May 1, 1997

Many of our readers have asked for more information about the hailstrone sequence problem from the last issue.