## News from the world of Maths

You could help researchers understand the genetics, and potential links, between mathematical talent and autism.

David Spiegelhalter, one of our favourite experts on statistics, recently joined David Attenborough, Bill Bryson and other eminent contributors on the Royal Society's *People of Science* series. You can watch the video here.

Today is *e* day! Celebrate the lovely number *e* with some of our favourite articles on the topic.

Can a pint a day give you dementia? Yes, if reported claims of a recent study are to be believed, but no if you have a closer look at the data the study was based on.

In 1915 a cook in California accidentally infected 93 people with typhoid. Over 100 years on mathematicians shed light on a long-standing mystery surrounding this and other outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Mathscon is a conference directed at undergraduates, young researchers and science lovers in general, whose mission is to reshape the world's perception of mathematics.

Mathematicians are celebrating the new year with a new discovery – the largest known prime number

Statistics professor John Aston has been appointed as the Home Office's new Chief Scientific Adviser.