## News from the world of Maths

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

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".

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

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

This year, for the first time, the Met. Office is publishing an experimental long range forecast for the average *Central England Temperature*.

Chess world champion Gary Kasparov has been defeated by *Deep Blue*, the world's highest ranking chess computer.

You may think that searching for new prime numbers is a job for super-computers. However, on 13th November 1996, Frenchman Joel Armengaud discovered a new one using his humble PC.

If this issue's Puzzle page whets your appetite for solving mathematical puzzles online then you might like to look at a new internet journal, Interact, published by the NRICH Maths project.