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<p>Would you like to step inside an abstract mathematical space? Soon you'll be able to do just that, in the maths gallery at the Science Museum in London, due to open in 2016.
</p><p><a href='http://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/pluspodcast_mathsgallery.mp3'>Listen to our interview with Shajay Bhooshan</a></p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/maths-takes-flight-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/maths-takes-flight-0#commentspublic understanding of mathematicsTue, 07 Oct 2014 15:14:15 +0000Rachel6202 at https://plus.maths.org/contentMaths takes flight
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<p>Soon you will be able to step inside a mathematical space and experience the beauty and importance of maths!</p>
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Would you like to step inside an abstract mathematical space? Soon you'll be able to do just that, in the maths gallery at the <a href="http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk">Science Museum</a> in London, due to open in 2016.
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<p>One of our favourite mathematicians, Marcus du Sautoy, will receive the 2014 Christopher Zeeman medal for the promotion of mathematics to the public.</p>
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<pp>One of our favourite mathematicians, <a href="https://people.maths.ox.ac.uk/dusautoy/newdetails.htm">Marcus du Sautoy</a>, will receive the 2014 <a href="http://www.ima.org.uk/about_us/awards_and_medals/christopher_zeeman_medal.cfm.html">Christopher Zeeman medal</a> for the promotion of mathematics to the public.</p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/celebrating-maths-communication" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/celebrating-maths-communication#commentspublic understanding of mathematicsThu, 07 Aug 2014 11:49:53 +0000mf3446151 at https://plus.maths.org/contentThe nonsense maths effect
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<p> Stephen Hawking was once told by an editor that every equation in
a book would halve the sales. Curiously, the opposite seems to happen when it comes to research
papers. Include a bit of maths in the abstract (a kind of summary) and people rate your paper higher —
even if the maths makes no sense at all. At least this is what a
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<a href="http://www.imaginary.org">Imaginary</a> is an interactive mathematics exhibition that inspires the imagination with beautiful images. And what is more exciting it allows anyone to step into the world of maths!<p><a href='http://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/pluspodcastmay2012.mp3'>Listen to "Imaginary Barcelona"</a></p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/imaginary-barcelona" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/imaginary-barcelona#commentsalgebraic geometrymathematics and artpublic understanding of mathematicssymmetryFri, 04 May 2012 01:23:37 +0000Rachel5700 at https://plus.maths.org/contentEngineering — it is rocket science
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<p>This summer the Royal Institution is running a series of workshops as part of its Engineering Week where you will have a chance to try your hand at engineering and discover it is rocket science, underwater robotics, hip joint design, crash testing and much more!</p>
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As we have been discovering through our <a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/ingenious-constructing-our-lives">Constructing our lives</a> project, engineering provides some of the most exciting applications of maths that have great impact on all our lives every day. Now you have a chance to try your hand at engineering yourself as part of the <a href="http://www.rigb.org/eventControl?action=eventsCalendar&mth=8&year=2011&week=3&AOI=0&aud=0">Royal Institution's Engineering Week</a> from the 15 to 19 August.
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<p>How would it feel to look in a mirror and see not your own reflection but instead how you would look as the opposite sex? You can explore this strange alternate reality at this year's Royal Society Summer Exhibition where scientists from Queen Mary, University of London and University College London will use mathematical wizardry to produce gender reversed images of faces.</p>
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How would it feel to look in a mirror and see not your own reflection but instead how you would look as the opposite sex?<p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/face-face" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/face-face#commentslinear algebramaths insideprincipal component analysispublic understanding of mathematicsTue, 05 Jul 2011 08:20:36 +0000Rachel5498 at https://plus.maths.org/contentCan triangles help spot a bomb?
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<p>Airport security staff have a daunting task. With impatient queues looming over them they need to search x-ray scans of cluttered suitcases for several items at once: knives, guns and bombs. How can we ease their task and make sure they don't miss a crucial item? To find out, scientists are trying to understand how we humans take in visual information. The humble triangle plays a crucial role in the experiments they perform.</p>
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<p>Airport security staff have a daunting task. With impatient queues
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suitcases for several items at once: knives, guns and bombs. How can we ease their task and make sure they don't miss a crucial item? To find out, scientists at the University of Southampton are trying to understand how we humans take in visual information.<p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/maths-inside-guns-knives" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/maths-inside-guns-knives#commentsmaths insidepublic understanding of mathematicstrigonometryvisual angleTue, 05 Jul 2011 08:00:20 +0000mf3445514 at https://plus.maths.org/contentCelebrating mathematical women
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<p>To coincide with the 100th International Women's Day two new competitions to find the best young female mathematical minds in the UK and Europe have been launched.</p>
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<p>To coincide with the 100th International Women's Day two new competitions to find the best young female mathematical minds in the UK and Europe have been launched.
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<p>When insects go foraging, they zoom off from their nest in complex zig-zag paths. How do they manage to find their way back home? And how do they manage to do so along a straight path? These questions are explored in an exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, currently taking place at the Southbank Centre in London.</p>
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<p>When insects go foraging, they zoom off from their nest in complex zig-zag paths. How do they manage to find their way back home? And how do they manage to do so along a straight path?
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<p>Water is essential for life on Earth, and it is a resource we all take for granted. Yet it has many surprising properties that have baffled scientists for centuries. Seemingly simple ideas such as how water freezes are not understood because of water's unique properties. Now scientists are utilising increased computer power and novel algorithms to accurately simulate the properties of water on the nanoscale, allowing complex structures of hundreds or thousands of molecules to be seen and understood.</p>
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Water is essential for life on Earth, and it is a resource we all take for granted. Yet it has many surprising properties that have baffled scientists for centuries. Seemingly simple ideas such as how water freezes are not understood because of water's unique properties. Now scientists are utilising increased computer power and novel algorithms to accurately simulate the properties of water on the nanoscale, allowing complex structures of hundreds or thousands of molecules to be seen and understood.
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<p>People have been using gold particles dispersed in water — gold hydrosols — for medical purposes for over 1000 years. Recently, hydrosols containing gold nanoparticles have become particularly popular because they have exciting potential in cancer therapies, pregnancy tests and blood sugar monitoring.</p>
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People have been using gold particles dispersed in water — gold <i>hydrosols</i> — for medical purposes for over 1000 years. Recently, hydrosols containing gold nanoparticles have become particularly popular because they have exciting potential in cancer therapies, pregnancy tests and blood sugar monitoring.<p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/os/latestnews/may-aug10/nano/index" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/os/latestnews/may-aug10/nano/index#commentsmaths insidemedicine and healthnano technologyopticspublic understanding of mathematicsFri, 25 Jun 2010 11:00:00 +0000mf3445243 at https://plus.maths.org/contentThe serious mathematics of cereal, socialising and starlings
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<p>What have muesli, social networking sites and flocks of birds got to do with mathematics? Scientists and students from the University of Bath will be explaining all at the Royal Society's prestigious Summer Science Exhibition, which opens today.</p>
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mathematics? Scientists and students from the <a href="http://www.bath.ac.uk/">University of Bath</a> will be
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