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Finding a way out of lockdown

Mathematical models can help the nation return to (some sort of) normality.

The problem with combining R ratios

We explore why you need to be extremely careful when combining the reproduction ratios of a disease in different settings, such as hospitals and the community.

Maths in a minute: Differential equations

Change is the only constant in our lives — which is why differential equations are so useful.

How to resolve the Premier League

As football leagues around the world have been suspended due to COVID-19, how should the final rankings of teams be decided? Here is a suggestion.

Maths in a minute: the Fibonacci sequence

The origin story of this famous sequences stars some cute, fluffy bunnies.

Maths in a minute: Entropy

Is it about energy? Is it about disorder? Or is it about information? It's all three!

Maths in a minute: "R nought" and herd immunityWhat is herd immunity and what does it have to do with a number called R0?
Maths in a minute: Voronoi diagrams

We look at a crafty mathematical device which, among other things, has helped people understand what causes cholera.

How can maths fight a pandemic?

How do mathematical models of COVID-19 work and should we believe them? We talk to an epidemiologist, who has been working flat out to inform the government, to find out more.

Maths in a minute: Social distancing

How should people arrange themselves for maximal socialising at a safe distance?

Myths of maths: The Monty Hall problem

This puzzle is famous because the accepted answer is counter-intuitive. But is it always correct?

Myths of maths: The four colour theorem

It's one of mathematics' most famous results: every "map" can be coloured using at most four colours. What it doesn't usually apply to, however, are real maps.

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