In this issue we present the winners of the

*Plus*New Writers Award 2006, the writing competition we set up to find the*Plus*authors of the future. After a painful process of weighing-up our judges have chosen six winning articles from the many high-quality entries. So sit back and read all about the maths of gambling, the longest theorem in history, the mathematical genius David Hilbert, the phenomenon of the lightning calculator, lies and statistics, and some shadow maths.December 2006