## News from the world of maths: Life's an algorithm

Submitted by plusadmin on February 24, 2009Tuesday, February 24, 2009

### Life's an algorithm

It's not often that maths makes it into the mainstream media, and when it does, it's usually a very specific bit of maths — a statistical result or a certain application — that's being examined. An article published yesterday on the *Guardian* website makes a nice exception. It explores
how maths underlies almost every aspect of modern life, from traffic lights to iTunes. Thank you, *Guardian*!

You can find out more about some of the topics mentioned in the article on *Plus*:

- The amazing librarian explores Google's page rank algorithm;
- I'm not paying that! looks at how air fares are worked out;
- And now, the weather describes how maths is used at the Met Office;
- Why was the computer invented when it was? explains what an algorithm is and why algorithms are so effective.

*posted by Plus @ 11:45 AM*