## News from the world of Maths

"Nothing is more interesting than nothing" - or so says Ian Stewart, Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University. Many people have difficulty with the concept of zero. In fact, it has only really been used for the last 1500 years or so.

Mathematics is a maze, according to Ian Stewart at the Royal Institutions Christmas Lecture.

In issue No 1 we introduced GIMPS, the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search. Well, on Sunday 24th August 1997 they did it again.

Numbers like Pi have no repeating pattern. So just how accurately do we know what it is?

COSMOS, the world's first national cosmology supercomputer, has been launched.

Mathematics is not only for men, says the author of the new booklet "Women in the History of Mathematics from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century".

The UK weekly science magazine *New Scientist* has unveiled a brand new web site.

Many of our readers have asked for more information about the hailstrone sequence problem from the last issue.