Packages

Celebrating general relativity

A hundred years ago, on 25 November 1915, Einstein first presented his general theory of relativity. We explore this famous theory and what it says about the world we live in.

Happy birthday, George Boole!

Modern computers wouldn't be possible without George Boole, who died before light bulbs even came on the market. We celebrate his 200th birthday with a look at the man and his work.

What is quantum computing?

Quantum computers often grab the science headlines. But what exactly is quantum computing? What will quantum computers be able to do, and when can we expect to have fully functional ones?

What is impossible?

How understanding why something is impossible can often lead to deeper understanding, contemplations of philosophy and even new mathematics.

Does it pay to be nice?

Yes, it does. And we have the maths to prove it.

What is infinity?

What is infinity? Does it even exist? And how many infinities are there?

How many universes are there?

No one really knows the answer to this question. It's quite possible that there are more than one, in fact there may be infinitely many, popping in and out of existence like bubbles in a bubble bath.

What is time?

Does time have a beginning? Is it possible to travel through time? And what does it mean to say that time is relative?

What is information?

These articles introduce some of the question posed by the concept of information and its role in different areas of science and philosophy.

Can you measure information?

Can you measure information? It's a tricky question — but people have tried and come up with very interesting ideas.

The 2014 Plus advent calendar

In this year's advent calendar we bring you some of our favourite books and other mathematical toys, so you can surprise your friends and family or, even better, yourself!

Are there limits to information?

With recent advances in information technology it seems that there is no limit to how much smaller and better computer chips can get. But is this really true?

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