## Information theory

Books, brains, computers — information comes in many guises. But what exactly *is* information?

- What is maths for? - What do we hope people will know after studying maths at school?
- New Plus posters! - Find out how you can get hold of your own copy of our brilliant new poster!
- Specially for students - This issue of Plus brings you the first of an occasional series expecially for use in the classroom.

- Optional maths - should students be able to give up maths at age 14?
- Outer space - In what will now be a regular feature, mathematician and cosmologist John D. Barrow shares some maths that's amused and intrigued him.
- Readers' corner- More Strange activities for last issue's Ship of Fools!

- Information overload - how mathematicians are helping us all to make sense of the vast amount of information now available to us
- Sum problems - can you be good at mathematics without being good at arithmetic?
- Readers' corner - Meet Mandy, the cuddly Mandelbrot set!