List by Author: Rachel Thomas and Marianne Freiberger

The maths behind combining R ratios

In a previous article we introduced the problems that can arise when combine the reproduction ratios of a disease in different settings, such as hospitals and the community. In this article we dive into the maths that helps you get to the bottom of these problems.

The problem with combining R ratios

We explore why you need to be extremely careful when combining the reproduction ratios of a disease in different settings, such as hospitals and the community.

Our changing picture of gravity

To celebrate the recent centenary of the first major test of Einstein's general theory of relativity, we look back over how our picture of gravity has changed.

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Missing a complex opportunity

How Heron of Alexandria missed his chance to explore the unknown mathematical land of complex numbers.

How high is your frustum?

How calculating the height of a frustum gave a glimpse of the mathematical frontier.

Too big to write but not too big for Graham

Meet the number that's bigger than the observable Universe!

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