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Maths in a minute: Euler's identity
... identity is often hailed as the most beautiful formula in mathematics. People wear it on Tshirts and get it tattooed on their ... and . These three constants are extremely important in maths — and since the identity also involves and , we have a formula ...
Marianne  1 Nov 2017  11:54  5 comments

Maths in a minute: The brazil nut effect
... This article is part of our package on the maths of materials, which is based on a talk in Chris Budd's ongoing Gresham College lecture series . You can see a video ...
Marianne  16 Mar 2018  15:41  0 comments

Maths in a minute: The axioms of probability theory
Chance is a slippery concept. We all know that some random events are more likely to ... is 1/6? The probability of getting 6 right in the national lottery is around 1 in 14 million. Mathematicians avoid these tricky questions by defining ...
Marianne  4 Jul 2018  17:35  1 comment

Maths in a minute: Boolean algebra
A B A AND B True True True True ... after the English mathematician George Boole (1815  1864). In Boolean logic statements can either be true or false (e.g. at the moment "I ... values the compound statement can take. (You can read more in George Boole and the wonderful world of 0s and 1s .) Truth ...
Rachel  11 Oct 2016  15:26  1 comment

Maths in a minute: The bridges of Königsberg
In the eighteenth century the city we now know as Kaliningrad was called ... Like many other great cities Königsberg was divided by a river, called the Pregel. It contained two islands and there were seven ... article was inspired by content on our sister site Wild Maths , which encourages students to explore maths beyond the classroom and ...
Marianne  17 Mar 2017  10:02  1 comment

Maths in a minute: Graphs and the degree sum formula
... This is an example of a graph. In maths a graph is what we might normally call a network. It consists of a ...
Marianne  10 May 2018  13:54  0 comments

Maths in a minute: The golden ratio
... was first studied by the ancient Greeks, and it was defined in terms of geometry. Take a piece of line and divide it into a longer and a shorter piece so that the ...
Marianne  9 Mar 2017  12:14  0 comments

Maths in a minute: Simplifying circuits
... – AND, OR and NOT – can be physically represented in the computer circuits and mathematically representation using Boolean algebra . (You can read more in Maths in a minute: Boolean algebra .) This realisation of the links between ...
Rachel  11 Oct 2016  15:27  0 comments

Maths in a minute: The square root of 2 is irrational
... numbers. Here’s one of the most elegant proofs in the history of maths. It shows that is an irrational number, in other words, that it cannot ...
Marianne  5 Dec 2016  10:10  1 comment

Maths in a minute: The two envelopes problem
... for HLFF (c) Pressefoto Kreutzer Plus is currently in Heidelberg, Germany, visiting the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2017 . The Forum gives young researchers in maths and computer science the chance to meet some of the best minds in their ...
Marianne  13 Mar 2018  16:19  33 comments