What mathematicians get up to isn't all about heavy calculations and proof. In this issue we look at some recent mathematical discoveries in the world of games and also explore a few of the ways in which mathematics has helped to solve difficult problems in large, complex communication networks.
Find out how modern telephone networks use mathematics to make it possible for a person to dial a friend in another country just as easily as if they were in the same street, or to read web pages that are on a computer in another continent.
We talk to Tim Pilkington, a keen basketball player, who has a joint honours BSc in Maths, Physical Education and Sports Science from Loughborough University. Tim has worked as a mathematics teacher and is now working as an accountant.