News from the world of Maths

September 7, 2011

People as well as animals are born with a sense for numbers. But is this inborn number sense related to mathematical ability? A new study suggests that it is.

September 2, 2011

We've found our lucky winner of a £50 Amazon voucher, as a reward for doing our Constructing our lives survey! Check your email to see if it's you!

August 18, 2011

Who said that people don't like maths? Numbers of entries to maths A and AS levels across the UK have again increased this year. The number of students taking maths A level has risen by 7.8% compared to last year and A level further maths entries have risen by 5.2% At AS level maths has seen an increase of 25.3% compared to last year and further maths an increase of 24.7%. The number of students taking A level maths is now higher than it has been for almost two decades.

August 17, 2011

Would you like to present engaging mathematics sessions to young people? The Royal Institution of Great Britain (Ri) is offering development sessions for new Ri mathematics masterclass speakers as part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the programme. The network stretches from Aberdeen to Truro, including Jersey and Northern Ireland, and is ever-expanding.

August 17, 2011
Have you read any of the articles, or listened to any of the podcasts, from our project Constructing our lives: the mathematics of engineering? If yes, then please take the time to complete our 3-minute online survey about the project. It will remain open until Friday 26th August and when it's closed, one lucky participant will win a £50 voucher from Amazon.
August 11, 2011

Here's your chance to venture to the frontiers of physics using your very own computer. This week CERN began public testing of LHC@home 2.0, a project that enlists the computing power of volunteers from around the world to help simulate high-energy collisions of protons in the LHC.

August 10, 2011

A team of nanoengineers have constructed new materials that don't wrinkle when you stretch them. This makes them similar to tissue found in the human body, so they may in the future be used to repair damaged heart walls, blood vessels and skin.

August 3, 2011

Convex or concave? It's a question we usually answer just by looking at something. It's convex if it bulges outwards, and concave if it bulges inwards. But when it comes to mathematical functions, things aren't that simple. A team of computer scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have recently shown that deciding whether a mathematical function is convex can be very hard indeed.