computer science

The human genome is represented by a sequence of 3 billion As, Cs, Gs, and Ts. With such large numbers, sequencing the entire genome of a complex organism isn't just a challenge in biochemistry. It's a logistical nightmare, which can only be solved with clever algorithms.

Human versus machine: who's better at proving theorems?
Alan Turing is the father of computer science and contributed significantly to the WW2 effort, but his life came to a tragic end. Stefan Kopieczek explores his story.
Lewis Dartnell turns the universe into a matrix to model traffic, forest fires and sprawling cities.
Debate surrounds $25000 prize won by undergraduate for solving universal Turing machine problem

Plus 1000 — Mathematical lives

  • Plus 100 —the best maths of the last century
  • More maths grads
  • Happy birthday Plus! — celebrating 10 years of bringing mathematics to life
  • Plus 10 — what were the greatest mathematical advances in the last decade?
Plus went to see members of Norman Foster's group of architects to learn about the maths behind architecture.
If you've ever watched a flock of birds flying at dusk, or a school of fish reacting to a predator, you'll have been amazed by their perfectly choreographed moves. Yet, complex as this behaviour may seem, it's not all that hard to model it on a computer. Lewis Dartnell presents a hands-on guide for creating your own simulations — no previous experience necessary.