We are proud to present the winners of the *Plus* New Writers Award 2009. The winners were chosen by our three judges: David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, Geoffrey Carr, Science Editor of *The Economist*, and Julian Havil, mathematics author and retired mathematics teacher.

Secondary school category | |

## WinnerBeauty in mathematicsSurein Aziz explores one of the most beautiful equations in mathematics | ## Runner-upThe expression that (nearly) explained the UniverseSophie Butchart finds mysterious patterns in the solar system |

University category | |

## WinnerHow maths killed Lehman BrothersHoratio Boedihardjo explains the credit crunch | ## Runner-upThinking outside the boxSonia Buckley travels through higher dimensions |

General public category | |

## WinnerThe Carol syndromeJosé-Manuel Rey unveils the curse of attractiveness | ## Runner-upKnitting by numbersLucinda Mathews visualises tricky surfaces |

*Plus* would like to thank the Maths, Stats and Operational Research Network and the journal *Nature* for their kind support of this competition.