# Maths in a minute

How to lose a spacecraft in the most embarrassing way possible.

How do you write numbers as string of 0s and 1s?

Of numbers, beauty and bizarre animals.

We are very pleased with our new toy demonstrating the curvature of any smooth function – now you can try it out too!

Are there more irrational numbers than rational numbers, or more rational numbers than irrational numbers? Well, there are infinitely many of both, so the question doesn't make sense. It turns out, however, that the set of rational numbers is infinite in a very different way from the set of irrational numbers.

Not necessarily, when it comes to money.

How to make a hard problem easy by changing the way you look at it.

A triangle has many centres....

What happens when you shrink infinity to a point? You get a sphere!

Number theory is famous for problems that everyone can understand and that are easy to express, but that are fiendishly difficult to prove. Here are some of our favourites.

Did you learn at school that the angles in a triangle always add up to 180 degrees? If yes then your teacher was wrong. Find out why here.

A quick and easy way of adding using handshakes.

• Want facts and want them fast? Our Maths in a minute series explores key mathematical concepts in just a few words.