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The selfish herd

From flocks of starlings to spiral galaxies: this article explores examples of emergent phenomena in nature.

Cellular automata

Find out how a square grid and some simple rules can generate complex patterns and life-like behaviour.

The dynamics of crowds

Human beings are wilful and don't always act rationally. Yet, mathematical models of the behaviour of crowds are surprisingly accurate.

Maths in a minute: Equal temperatures

At any point in time there are two points on the Earth's equator with the same temperature.

Inspired by the spirit of Ramanujan

Are you an emerging engineer, mathematician or scientist who doesn't have the support of a school, university, or other research organisation? Then the Spirit of Ramanujan project might be able to help.

Ramanujan: Dream of the possible

A hundred years ago Ramanujan was elected FRS. Here is a look at the maths that gained him the title.

Maths in a minute: Higher dimensions

In normal life higher dimensions smack of science fiction, but in mathematics they are nothing out of the ordinary.

Machine learning: Is it ethical?

Should machines be allowed to make decisions that impact people's lives?

Will machine learning replace mathematicians?

Will sophisticated algorithms one day replace mathematicians?

What is machine learning?

Find out how a little bit of maths can enable a machine to learn from experience.

Robots to play games with

Chess computers were one of the first step towards developing a form of AI. Here's a brief history.

What is a robot?

What is artificial intelligence and is it here yet?

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