The answer comes from the physics of waves.
In preparation for this year's snooker world championship, Wim Hordijk finds some powerful maths behind snooker statistics...
Tracing the path of invading species using a famous problem in graph theory.
Resonant electromagnetic waves, created by lightning flashes, circle the Earth. Wim Hordijk explores the maths and shows how you can keep track with these phenomena.
There are problems that are easy to solve in theory, but impossible to solve in practice. Intrigued? Then join us on a journey through the world of complexity, all the way to the famous P versus NP conjecture.
Whether you're aware of it or not, the language you use to express yourself follows strict mathematical principles.
A useful tool for spotting trends in data.
A little bit of maths can go a long way in telling the truth from lies.