Maths in a minute

Claude Shannon's ingenious insight linking physical circuits with Boolean algebra paved the way for modern computing.

Opinion polls, election forecasts, testing new medical drugs — none of these would be possible without the central limit theorem.

Why too many bodies present a problem.

It would be foolish to ignore evidence. Luckily Bayes' theorem shows us how to take it in into account.

At the heart of modern physics lurks a terrible puzzle: the two main theories that describe the world we live in just won't fit together.

The powers of x can work magic.

Continued fractions reveal the good, the bad and the beautiful side of numbers.

Eleven makes multiplication easy.

A quick look at an ancient problem.

Why there are only three regular polygons you can tile a wall with.