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One hundred years ago, in 1905, Albert Einstein changed physics forever with his special theory of relativity. Since then his name — and hair do — have become synonymous with genius. <b>John D Barrow</b> looks at Einstein as a media star. </div>
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<p>Albert Einstein around 1905.</p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/einstein-icon" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/einstein-icon#comments37Einsteinmathematics in the mediaphysicspublic understanding of mathematicsThu, 01 Dec 2005 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin2274 at https://plus.maths.org/contentCrime fighting maths
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Maths is not the first thing that springs to mind when you think about fighting crime. But a closer look reveals that it is behind many of the techniques that modern detectives rely on. <b>Chris Budd</b> investigates. </div>
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<p>Fighting crime — perhaps not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of maths. Ask someone on the street what they think about maths and unfortunately their answer may well be:"Maths is boring", "Maths is exact", "Maths is irrelevant", or even "Maths is scary".</p>
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It's not that long ago that all you needed to run an airline was a few planes and some competent pilots. But now, with more of us zipping around the globe every year and the advent of no frills airlines, keeping an airline competitive has become a complicated business. <b>Christine Currie</b> explains how your airfare is calculated. </div>
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<p>Since the first plane took paying passengers in the 1920s, airlines have been trying hard to make as much money as possible out of the travelling public. Doing away with the silver service on flights might have saved them a few pennies, but using mathematical principles to decide how to price their tickets has certainly made them a lot of money.</p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/im-not-paying" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/im-not-paying#comments37airline pricinglinear programmingoperational researchThu, 01 Dec 2005 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin2276 at https://plus.maths.org/contentART+MATH=X
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<b>Carla Farsi</b> is both an artist and a mathematician, who declared 2005 her Special Year for art and maths. Find out what she got up to, and what it's like being a part of both worlds. </div>
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<p><i><b>Carla Farsi</b> straddles two fields that many people believe are diametrically opposed: as well as being a professor of mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she is a working, exhibiting artist.<p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/artmathx" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/artmathx#comments37fractalmathematics and artteachingvisualisationThu, 01 Dec 2005 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin2277 at https://plus.maths.org/contentOmega and why maths has no TOEs
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Gregory Chaitin </div>
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Kurt Gödel, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday next year, showed in 1931 that the power of maths to explain the world is limited: his famous incompleteness theorem proves mathematically that maths cannot prove everything. <b>Gregory Chaitin</b> explains why he thinks that Gödel's incompleteness theorem is only the tip of the iceberg, and why mathematics is far too complex ever to be
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<p><i>Over the millennia, many mathematicians have hoped that mathematics would one day produce a Theory of Everything (TOE); a finite set of axioms and rules from which every mathematical truth could be derived. But in 1931 this hope received a serious blow: Kurt Gödel published his famous Incompleteness Theorem, which states that in every mathematical theory, no matter how extensive, there will
always be statements which can't be proven to be true or false.</i></p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/omega-and-why-maths-has-no-toes" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/omega-and-why-maths-has-no-toes#comments37binary codeGödel's Incompleteness Theoremphilosophy of mathematicsproofThu, 01 Dec 2005 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin2278 at https://plus.maths.org/contentCareer interview: maths teacher
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<h3>Those who can, teach</h3>
<p>When Adrian Dow left his native <a href="http://www.visittnt.com/default.asp">Trinidad</a> in 1992 and came to the UK to do a degree, he was firmly set on going into banking. "Bank director was very high on the list.<p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/career-interview-maths-teacher" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/career-interview-maths-teacher#comments37career interviewHealth & Societymathematics educationScience & EngineeringteachingThu, 01 Dec 2005 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin2424 at https://plus.maths.org/contentPuzzle page
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Mystery Christmas theft </div>
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<p><i>The current issue of Plus features the article <a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/../../../../../issue37/features/omega/index.html">Omega and why maths has no TOEs</a> by the same author, which describes the maths behind this book in <p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/meta-math" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/meta-math#comments37book reviewThu, 01 Dec 2005 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin3201 at https://plus.maths.org/content'A different universe'
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<h3>by Robert Laughlin</h3>
<p>Cartoons can help to bring down governments, but can they help to revolutionise science? This seems to be the hope of Robert Laughlin, whose book on the exciting field of emergence is littered with his hand-drawn cartoons.<p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/different-universe" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/different-universe#comments37book reviewThu, 01 Dec 2005 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin3202 at https://plus.maths.org/content'The (mis)behaviour of markets'
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<p>Throughout history, millions have been won and lost on the stock market: lost in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, won in the Dot-Com Boom of the 1990s.<p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/misbehaviour-markets" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/misbehaviour-markets#comments37book reviewThu, 01 Dec 2005 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin3203 at https://plus.maths.org/contentOuter space: A collector's piece
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<p>Last weekend, hidden between books in the back of my bookcase, I came across two sets of cards that I collected as a young child.<p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/outer-space-collectors-piece" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/outer-space-collectors-piece#comments37coin problemsouterspaceprobabilitystatisticsThu, 01 Dec 2005 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin4786 at https://plus.maths.org/contentEditorial
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<p>What is maths? Is it an art form with every idea a work of perfect beauty? Is it a quest for truth that may one day deliver a Theory of Everything? Or is it a tool, essential in anything from fighting crime to calculating airline ticket prices? In this issue we show you that it's all of these, and that it can even produce its own media superstars.</p>37indexWed, 01 Dec 1999 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin4725 at https://plus.maths.org/content