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Opening the black box

The organisers of a new INI programme explain why we need to know more about the maths behind machine learning and deep neural networks.

Maths in a minute: Semi-supervised machine learning

Machine learning started with supervised learning and us providing all the training materials, but we are finding ways for algorithms to learn with far fewer resources.

Mathematics without bordersThe International Mathematical Union has celebrated its 100th anniversary with a conference entitled Mathematics without borders.
Maths in a minute: The prime number theorem

A quick look at one of the most important theorems in number theory.

COVID-19 and universities: What do we know?

What can last year's experiences tell us about the coming academic year?

Maths in a minute: Gradient descent algorithms

Whether you're lost on a mountainside, or training a neural network, you can rely on the gradient descent algorithm to show you the way!

Maths in a minute: Machine learning and neural networks

Machine learning makes many daily activities possible, but how does it work?

The mathematical shapes in your brain

Join us as we follow Kathryn Hess on a mathematical mystery tour of the marvellous intricacy of the brain!

Maths in a Minute: Simplices – the atoms of topology

If you love triangles as much as we do, we have great news – you can have them in any dimension you want!

Maths in a minute: Artificial neurons

When trying to build an artificial intelligence, it makes sense to mimic the human brain. Artificial neurons do just that.

Complex square roots

How to take the square root of a complex number — and discover a beautiful new surface in the process.

Euler's formula

There are a million things in maths named after Leonard Euler. Here's a beautiful formula involving complex numbers.

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