List by Author: Marianne Freiberger

e for exponentialAt the beginning of an epidemic the number of infected people grows exponentially. But why does the number e appear in descriptions of this growth?
How can maths fight an epidemic?

How can we use mathematics to model the spread of a disease?

The doubling time of a disease

The doubling time of a disease is the time it takes for the number of cases of the disease to double. How do you calculate it?

The growth rate of a disease

What is the growth rate and what does it tell us about an epidemic?

Meat free meat with maths

Don't like plant-based meat alternatives, but want to spare animals and the environment? There's hope on the horizon, aided by a good helping of maths.

Spheres within spheres: A journey through many dimensions

We guide you through an exciting recent breakthrough in the world of topology, involving something called the telescope conjecture.

Spheres within spheres: Simplicity and failure

We continue our exploration of the telescope conjecture.

What is symplectic geometry?

This beautiful version of geometry was developed to keep track of things that move! Here's a very brief introduction.

A very old problem turns 30!

Andrew Wiles's proof of Fermat's Last Theorem solved a centuries-old problem by opening a door onto the future of mathematics.

A practical guide to writing about anything for anyone!

Some practical tips to help you when you need it most – when you are sitting at the keyboard, ready (or perhaps not so ready) to put your ideas on the page!

Studying scattered waves

Ice, food, and invisibility cloaks — meet the maths that links them together!

Revolutionising the power of blood tests using AI

The BloodCounts! project is gearing up towards one of the largest-scale applications yet of machine learning in medicine and healthcare.

  • Want facts and want them fast? Our Maths in a minute series explores key mathematical concepts in just a few words.

  • As COP28, the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference, kicks off we look at how maths can help understand the climate crisis.

  • How do you create dramatic film out of mathematics? We find out with writer and director Timothy Lanzone.

  • Mathematics plays a central role in understanding how infectious diseases spread. This collection of articles looks at some basic concepts in epidemiology to help you understand this fascinating and important field, and set you up for further study.

  • Find out why the formula we use to work out conditional probabilities is true!

  • We talk about a play that explores the fascinating mathematical collaboration between the mathematicians GH Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan.