history of mathematics

Why did physicists at the beginning of the 20th century feel they needed a new — and strange — theory?

How to optimally fill a box with eight-dimensional oranges.

A new competition invites young people aged 11 to 19 to explore the history of maths for a chance to win cash prizes.

Ada Lovelace, born 200 years ago this month, is hailed the world's first computer programmer. What exactly was her contribution to computer science?

A hundred years ago, on 25 November 1915, Einstein first presented his general theory of relativity. We explore this famous theory and what it says about the world we live in.

Does a church in Pisa display Fibonacci's famous number sequence?

A fascinating discovery sheds new light on the work of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.

The story of George Boole is an extraordinary example of collaboration across the centuries.

A quick look at an ancient problem.

To celebrate the centenary of the general theory of relativity we asked physicist David Tong to explain the theory and the equation that expresses it. Watch the video or read the article!

Syndicate content