Let them eat cake — and drink vodka

Language analysis shows how the nation's tastes have changed.

2000 lines

Our image of the week is made of 2000 line segments.

Plus Advent Calendar Door #17: Equations that changed the world

Door 17 opens on 17 equations that changed the world.

Plus Advent Calendar Door #20: Travelling the galaxy

A galactic journey awaits behind door #20.

Plus Advent Calendar Door #16: The travelling salesman

Our favourite mathematical movie hides behind door 16.

Plus Advent Calendar Door #15: It pays to be nice

Find out why it pays to be nice behind door #15.

Fantastic fractal finally finished

Thanks to the tireless effort of students Cambridge now has a piece of the largest distributed fractal in the world.

Plus Advent Calendar Door #14: Fifty visions

Have a vision through door 14!

Plus Advent Calendar Door #13: mathematical poetry

Something for your true love is behind door #13…

Carnival of Mathematics #117

What treats will we find in this month's Carnival of Mathematics!

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

  • What do chocolate and mayonnaise have in common? It's maths! Find out how in this podcast featuring engineer Valerie Pinfield.

  • Is it possible to write unique music with the limited quantity of notes and chords available? We ask musician Oli Freke!

  • How can maths help to understand the Southern Ocean, a vital component of the Earth's climate system?

  • Was the mathematical modelling projecting the course of the pandemic too pessimistic, or were the projections justified? Matt Keeling tells our colleagues from SBIDER about the COVID models that fed into public policy.

  • PhD student Daniel Kreuter tells us about his work on the BloodCounts! project, which uses maths to make optimal use of the billions of blood tests performed every year around the globe.