## Articles

**Jim Woodhouse**and

**Paul Galluzzo**explain why.

**Andrew Stickland**finds out that, when it comes to probability, our instincts can lead us seriously astray.

**Rob Eastaway**asks if mere mortals can learn anything useful from such incredible feats of memory, and gives some hints on how to remember numbers.

**David Acheson**? The truth, he says, is that most of them have never been anywhere near it, and that mathematicians could do more to change this perception - perhaps by emphasising the element of surprise that so often accompanies mathematics at its best.

- The permanent revolution - The government's response to Adrian Smith's Inquiry into post 14 mathematics education
- A-levels - Are the ever-improving results a sign of falling standards?

- Editorial trends - According to current trends, this editorial will never get written!
- I've got your number - Soon the maths-phobic will have nowhere left to hide.

**John Haigh**explains why lotteries are the way they are.