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What are Maxwell's equations?

James Clerk Maxwell realised, in 1864, that electricity and magnetism were just two sides of the same coin and that light was made up of electromagnetic waves. He developed an elegant theory describing the unified force of electromagnetism and the equations that describe the dynamics of an electromagnetic field now carry his name.

Butterflies, quasars and keeping secrets safe – upcoming public lectures at Gresham College, London

If you're looking for a change of scene next Tuesday lunchtime why not go along to hear Raymond Flood, Gresham Professor of Geometry, talk about "Butterflies, Chaos and Fractals", 1pm on Tuesday, 17 September 2013, at the Museum of London. It's just one of a selection of great free public lectures given by Gresham Professors over the upcoming months.

Dark energy say cheese!

Images are now being taken on the world's most powerful digital camera. For over 500 nights over the next five years the Dark Energy Camera will photograph the light from more than 100,000 galaxies up to 8 billion light-years away in each image.

Mathematical theatre at the Science Museum: X&Y

In their new show X&Y Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould use mathematics and the theatre to navigate the known and unknown reaches of our world.

The Magic Cube: Get puzzling!

If you like the Rubik's cube then you might love the Magic Cube. It's got numbers on the little faces rather than colours and it's quite a bit harder.

The paper galaxy

A nice new interactive map shows how papers published in various maths related areas relate.

Origami by numbers in LondonIf you've enjoyed the origami articles on Plus and live in or near London, then here's your chance to see some live origami maths.
Biodiversity on the brink

A team of Australian researchers has delivered dire news for polar ecosystems, predicting that in some regions biodiversity may be reduced by as much as a third within decades. It's the result of a tipping point induced by global warming.

Maths at the British Science Festival

This year's British Science Festival will take place from 7 - 12 September at the University of Newcastle and there's plenty of (mostly free) maths on offer.

Caves, drugs and art

Why are drug induced hallucinations so compelling that they apparently provided much of the inspiration for early forms of abstract art? Researchers suggest that the answer hinges on an interplay between the mathematics of pattern formation and a mechanism that generates a sense of value and meaning.

Maths in a minute: Number mysteries

Number theory is famous for problems that everyone can understand and that are easy to express, but that are fiendishly difficult to prove. Here are some of our favourites.

Maths inspires a rollercoaster ride

Rollercoasters, the London Eye, planes, bikewheels and boomerangs - no it's not our plans for the summer holidays, it's just a normal afternoon at a Maths Inspiration gig.

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