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**Andy Green**, Royal Air force pilot and Oxford maths graduate, is gearing up to break his own land speed record in Bloodhound SSC, a supersonic car designed to reach speeds of up to 1000mph. He tells

*Plus*about the challenges — and the maths — behind this engineering adventure.

**Gábor Domokos**, one of their discoverers, reckons that in some sense they barely exists at all. So what are Gömböcs and what makes them special?

**Tim Johnson**was drawn into financial maths, not through an interest in finance, but because he was interested in making good decisions in the face of uncertainty. Tim explores the development of this interface between abstract mathematics and our everyday lives, and explains why a painting may only be worth its wall space.

**Ben Evans**explains how maths is used to build this car.