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Author: Rachel Thomas
Ballet and mathematics  not a combination that you often come across, but one that works beautifully in Frederick Ashton's 1948 ballet, Scénes de ballet. From the geometric patterns on the men's tunics and the perpendicular angle of the ballerina's tutu, to the movements and positioning of the dancers themselves, this ballet is a celebration of mathematics. Ashton was inspired by mathematics, and, according to the programme notes, used a system of Euclidean geometry to choreograph the piece.

A test invented by the mathematician Alan Turing in 1950 is helping to stop spammers.

What do tying your shoe laces and Santa's Christmas Eve journey have in common?

Using their Xray vision, astronomers have for the first time found two black holes in the same galaxy, and taken a peek inside a neutron star.

A rare first edition of Newton's mathematical masterpiece has been stolen! And is Newton the Greatest Briton?

NASA uses mathematics to predict lightning strikes at the Kennedy Space Centre

Despite its title, Carl Djerassi's latest play, Calculus, is more like a lesson in history or even psychology than one in mathematics. This is because Djerassi's intention was to explore the moral calculus that was involved in the discovery of the mathematical technique, rather than the technique itself.

Anyone who thought geometry was boring or dry should prepare to be amazed. Despite its worthy cover this book is exactly what its title says  a story  and the plot of this story involves life, death and revolutions of understanding and belief, and stars the some of the most famous names in history.
