Maths in a minute

Want facts and want them fast? Our Maths in a minute series explores key mathematical concepts in just a few words. From symmetry to Euclid's axioms, and from binary numbers to the prosecutor's fallacy, learn some maths without too much effort.

Maths in a minute: Gravitational waves

A quick introduction to one of the greatest discoveries of the century.

Maths in a minute: Black holes

A quick introduction to the monsters that lurk at the centre of each galaxy.

Maths in a minute: The binomial distribution

The probability distribution that measures success and failure.

Maths in a minute: Polar coordinates

Polar coordinates are great for circles and spirals!

Maths in a minute: Cellular automata

Mindless games can produce surprising results.

Maths in a minute: Some basic linear programming

How to solve a tricky problem using a picture.

Maths in a minute: Linear regression

A useful tool for spotting trends in data.

Maths in a minute: Poincaré and the beginnings of chaos

How a maths competition spawned the foundations of chaos theory.

Maths in a minute: The golden ratio

A quick introduction to a famous number.

Maths in a minute: Penguins

We can't let penguin awareness day pass without a look at some penguin maths.

Maths in a minute: The graph isomorphism problem

How fast can you tell whether two networks are the same?

Maths in a minute: The catenary

Chains, arches and Wembley Stadium.

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