We are proud to present the winners of the Plus New Writers Award 2009. The winners were chosen by our three judges: David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, Geoffrey Carr, Science Editor of The Economist, and Julian Havil, mathematics author and retired mathematics teacher.


WinnerSurein Aziz explores one of the most beautiful equations in mathematics 
RunnerupSophie Butchart finds mysterious patterns in the solar system 


WinnerHoratio Boedihardjo explains the credit crunch 
RunnerupSonia Buckley travels through higher dimensions 


WinnerJoséManuel Rey unveils the curse of attractiveness 
RunnerupLucinda Mathews visualises tricky surfaces 
Plus would like to thank the Maths, Stats and Operational Research Network and the journal Nature for their kind support of this competition.