https://plus.maths.org/content/Blog/www.britishscienceassociation.org/latestnews/sep-dec05/cosmo/index.html en Kenneth Arrow has died https://plus.maths.org/content/rip-kenneth-arrow <div class="field field-name-field-abs-img field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/abstractpics/%5Buid%5D/%5Bsite-date%5D/arrow_icon.jpg" width="100" height="100" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-abs-txt field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Nobel Prize winning economist showed that no voting system is perfect.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="rightimage" style="max-width: 200px;"><img src="/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/blog/022017/Arrow.jpg" alt="Arrow" width="200" height="250" /><p>Kenneth Arrow 1921 - 2017. Image: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kenneth_Arrow,_Stanford_University.jpg">Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en">CC BY 3.0</a>. </p> </div> <p>The Nobel Prize winning economist <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Arrow">Kenneth J. Arrow</a> died on Tuesday at his home in California. He was 95.</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-order field-type-list-integer field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page order:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">0</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-car-txt field-type-text-long field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page text:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Nobel Prize winning economist showed that no voting system is perfect.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-ico field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page icon:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/arrow_frontpage.jpg" width="250" height="141" alt="" /></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:21:44 +0000 Marianne 6792 at https://plus.maths.org/content Schools maths competition! https://plus.maths.org/content/schools-maths-competition <div class="field field-name-field-abs-img field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/abstractpics/%5Buid%5D/%5Bsite-date%5D/solar_system_icon.png" width="100" height="100" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-abs-txt field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Write an article, make a movie, or do a multi-media presentation to explore the world of maths and win prizes! Competition is open to 11 to 19 year-olds.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Where would the world be without mathematics?</p> <p>From computer games to smart phones, and from the weather forecast to our solar system — mathematics is essential in describing and understanding the world around us. Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without mathematics?</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/content/tags/history-mathematics">history of mathematics</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-order field-type-list-integer field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page order:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">0</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-car-txt field-type-text-long field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page text:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Write an article, make a movie, or do a multi-media presentation to explore the world of maths and win prizes! Competition is open to 11 to 19 year-olds.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-ico field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page icon:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/solar_system_frontpage.png" width="250" height="141" alt="" /></div></div></div> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:55:42 +0000 Marianne 6782 at https://plus.maths.org/content Happy birthday Ramanujan! https://plus.maths.org/content/happy-birthday-ramanujan-0 <div class="field field-name-field-abs-img field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/abstractpics/%5Buid%5D/%5Bsite-date%5D/icon-5.jpeg" width="100" height="100" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-abs-txt field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The self-taught genius would have turned 129 in December.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="rightimage" style="width: 267px;"><img src="/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/blog/122014/ramanujan.png" alt="Ramanujan" width="267" height="325" /><p>Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887 - 1920).</p></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/content/tags/history-mathematics">history of mathematics</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/content/tags/ramanujan">ramanujan</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-order field-type-list-integer field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page order:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">0</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-car-txt field-type-text-long field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page text:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The self-taught genius would have turned 129 in December.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-ico field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page icon:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/ramanujan.png" width="250" height="141" alt="" /></div></div></div> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:24:08 +0000 Marianne 6767 at https://plus.maths.org/content Maths and the making of the world https://plus.maths.org/content/maths-and-making-world <div class="field field-name-field-abs-img field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/abstractpics/%5Buid%5D/%5Bsite-date%5D/earth_icon_1.jpg" width="100" height="100" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-abs-txt field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A series of free public lectures in London explores the relevance of maths to all our lives.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="rightimage" style="max-width: 250px;"><img src="/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/blog/092016/budd.jpg" alt="Chris Budd" width="250" height="250" /><p>Chris Budd.</p></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-order field-type-list-integer field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page order:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">0</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-car-txt field-type-text-long field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page text:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A series of free public lectures in London explores the relevance of maths to all our lives.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-ico field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page icon:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/earth_frontpage_1.jpg" width="250" height="141" alt="" /></div></div></div> Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:20:41 +0000 Marianne 6694 at https://plus.maths.org/content Mmmm... MathsJam! https://plus.maths.org/content/mmmm-mathsjam <div class="field field-name-field-abs-img field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/abstractpics/%5Buid%5D/%5Bsite-date%5D/jam_icon.jpg" width="100" height="100" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-abs-txt field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Good news! Not long to wait till the Annual MathsJam!</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="rightimage" style="max-width: 300px;"><img src="/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/blog/082016/319px-Strawberry_jam_on_a_dish.jpg" alt="Jam" /><p>Mmmmm... MathsJammmm... (Image <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Strawberry_jam_on_a_dish.JPG">PatríciaR</a> – <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)</p></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-order field-type-list-integer field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page order:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">0</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-car-txt field-type-text-long field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page text:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Good news! Not long to wait till the Annual MathsJam!</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-ico field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page icon:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/319px-Strawberry_jam_on_a_dish.jpg" width="250" height="141" alt="" /></div></div></div> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:24:44 +0000 Rachel 6654 at https://plus.maths.org/content Mathematical moments: Nira Chamberlain https://plus.maths.org/content/mathematical-moments-nira-chamberlain <div class="field field-name-field-abs-img field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/abstractpics/5/26_may_2016_-_0955/nira_icon2.png" width="100" height="100" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-abs-txt field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Nira Chamberlain tells us how solving difficult maths problems can be like fighting an invisible boxer.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><a href="http://nirachamberlain.com">Nira Chamberlain</a> uses maths to solve difficult problems in engineering and industry. He tells us how solving these problems can be like fighting an invisible boxer, and how he loves the feeling of having succeeded — because "the harder the battle, the sweeter the victory!"</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dTLnf8ViXJo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/content/category/tags/creativity">creativity</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/content/category/tags/video">video</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-car-txt field-type-text-long field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page text:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Nira Chamberlain tells us how solving difficult maths problems can be like fighting an invisible boxer.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-ico field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page icon:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/nira_frontpage.png" width="250" height="141" alt="" /></div></div></div> Fri, 27 May 2016 08:56:43 +0000 Marianne 6571 at https://plus.maths.org/content Mathematical moments: Vicky Neale https://plus.maths.org/content/mathematical-moments-vicky-neale <div class="field field-name-field-abs-img field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/abstractpics/5/29_apr_2016_-_0829/vicky_neale_icon.png" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-abs-txt field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Vicky explains how maths is an adventure that's really worth having.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><a href="http://people.maths.ox.ac.uk/neale/">Vicky Neale</a> loves maths because it's a real challenge. Find out about two of her favourite mathematical experiences and why she thinks that maths is an adventure that requires some daring.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CnUoAeOWcZY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/content/category/tags/creativity">creativity</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/content/category/tags/video">video</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-car-txt field-type-text-long field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page text:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Vicky explains how maths is an adventure that's really worth having.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-ico field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page icon:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/vicky_neale.png" alt="" /></div></div></div> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:25:57 +0000 Marianne 6558 at https://plus.maths.org/content Mathematical moments: Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb https://plus.maths.org/content/mathematical-moments-carola-schonlieb <div class="field field-name-field-abs-img field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/abstractpics/5/22_apr_2016_-_1543/carola_icon.png" width="100" height="100" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-abs-txt field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Carola tells us about her work in the field of image analysis, her favourite mathematical moments, and why creativity is so important in maths.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb has a fascinating job: she works on the mathematics behind image analysis. It finds application in all sorts of areas, from medical imaging, such as MRI scans, to forest ecology, which sees scientists trying to gain information about forests from pictures taken from the air. </p> <p>In this brief interview Carola tells us why she likes doing maths, recalls some of her favourite mathematical moments, and explains why creativity is essential in mathematics.</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/content/tags/image-analysis">Image analysis</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/content/category/tags/creativity">creativity</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/content/category/tags/video">video</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/content/category/tags/university-cambridge">University of Cambridge</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-car-txt field-type-text-long field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page text:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Carola tells us about her work in the field of image analysis, her favourite mathematical moments, and why creativity is so important in maths.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-ico field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page icon:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/carola_frontpage.png" width="250" height="141" alt="" /></div></div></div> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:38:58 +0000 Marianne 6553 at https://plus.maths.org/content Mathematical moments: Katie Steckles https://plus.maths.org/content/mathematical-moments-katie-steckles <div class="field field-name-field-abs-img field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/abstractpics/5/23_mar_2016_-_1617/katie_icon.png" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-abs-txt field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Mathematician Katie Steckles tells us about her favourite mathematical moments and why being creative is essential in maths.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Mathematicians often say that being creative is hugely important in maths. But why? We asked mathematician <a href="http://www.katiesteckles.co.uk">Katie Steckles</a>, who told us about her favourite mathematical moments and why imagination is everything.</p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/content/tags/three-body-problem">three body problem</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/content/category/tags/creativity">creativity</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/content/category/tags/video">video</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-car-txt field-type-text-long field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page text:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Mathematician Katie Steckles tells us about her favourite mathematical moments and why being creative is essential in maths.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-ico field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page icon:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/katie_frontpage.png" alt="" /></div></div></div> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:13:47 +0000 Marianne 6541 at https://plus.maths.org/content Happy pi day 2016! https://plus.maths.org/content/happy-pi-day-2016 <div class="field field-name-field-abs-img field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/abstractpics/5/14_mar_2016_-_0916/icon-9.jpg" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-abs-txt field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>We celebrate the most famous of mathematical constants with a circle puzzle.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>It’s March 14th, which in the US is written as 3/14 — and since 3.14 are the first three digits of that most famous of mathematical constants, <img src="/MI/91811dc0c7817b4945742ad8ffe66909/images/img-0001.png" alt="$\pi $" style="vertical-align:0px; &#10; width:10px; &#10; height:7px" class="math gen" />, today is celebrated internationally as pi day. </p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/content/tags/geometry">geometry</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/content/category/tags/circle">circle</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-car-txt field-type-text-long field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page text:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>We celebrate the most famous of mathematical constants with a circle puzzle.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-fp-ico field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">front page icon:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/pi-1.jpg" alt="" /></div></div></div> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:12:37 +0000 Marianne 6537 at https://plus.maths.org/content