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The death of the lightning calculator
Runner up in the schools category
Being good at mental arithmetic isn't going to gain you much street cred these days. But, as
explains, not so long ago it was a sure route to fame and fortune — even if you were a horse.
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!
Where would the world be without mathematics?
A new competition invites young people aged 11 to 19 to explore the history of maths for a chance to win cash...
Ramanujan surprises again
A fascinating discovery sheds new light on the work of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
Middle class problems
A famous question involving networks appears to have come closer to an answer.
A new particle for Christmas?
A bump in the data from the LHC promises exciting news.
Playing with numbers
Here's a game: pick a positive natural number and if yours is the smallest number no one else has picked, you...
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