Mathematics

Scientists Detect An Event So Powerful It Caused Ripples In The Fabric Of Space And Time

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Tech

Scientists have, for only the third time in history, detected another burst of gravitational waves. They are essentially ripples in the very fabric of...

There's A Mathematical Formula For Choosing The Fastest Queue

The Conversation UK | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Tech
The Conversation UK

It seems obvious. You arrive at the checkouts and see one queue is much longer than the other, so you join the shorter one. But, before long, the people in the bigger line zoom past you and you've barely moved towards the exit.

Rudd's Plan To Gain Access To WhatsApp 'The Outcome Jihadists Want', Warns Tory MP

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Politics

Amber Rudd has been warned by a Tory MP that giving government the ability to read encrypted WhatsApp messages will also open up access to criminals ...

NASA's Incredible New Plan Would Let Us See Details On The Surface Of Distant Planets

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Tech

NASA recently gave us our first tantalising glimpse of a newly discovered planet and well...honestly it was a little disappointing. You see the proble...

This Robot Can Solve A Rubik's Cube Faster Than You Can Blink Twice

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Tech

A robot has broken the world record for solving a Rubik’s cube, completing the fiendish task in just 0.637 seconds. To put that in context, it take...

The CIA Might Not Need To Bypass WhatsApp's Encryption To Read Your Messages

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Tech

Last night, Wikileaks published what it claims to be the biggest leak of secret CIA files in the agency’s 70-year history. The documents describe an...

Encrypted WhatsApp Messages Could Be Read, Researchers Warn

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK Tech

A WhatsApp bug could enable government agencies to read encrypted messages, research suggests. Security expert Thomas Boelter has uncovered a flaw in ...

How An 1860's Experiment Transformed Modern Shipping

David Rooney | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Tech
David Rooney

If it wasn't for ships, we'd be sunk. Once, this was widely known. Docks were close to the centres of port cities and were teeming with maritime life. Our coastlines were motorways for goods and materials haulage. Rivers thronged with boats carrying people and cargo.

Less Talk, More Action Is Needed To Get Young People Into Engineering

Charis Lestrange | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Tech
Charis Lestrange

There are so many people who don't understand, like 12 year old me, and don't know the extent of the problems that engineers solve. These people could be our future engineers, our future workforce and our future students inspired to study maths and science at A Level.

A Brief History of Mathematics in Hong Kong: What It Means for the Future of Mathematics Education

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Cassandra Lee Yieng

In light of the upcoming International Mathematics Olympiad 2016, I'd like to present the world with a little bit of mathematical history of Hong Kong...

Three Lessons Playing the Piano Has Taught Me About Maths And Life

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Cassandra Lee Yieng

Many skills we learn in and out of school do not translate very well to other aspects of life. However, for me, playing the piano seems to be the exce...

The New GCSE Mathematics Syllabus: What's Wrong

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

From 2017, the new GCSE Mathematics syllabus will be examined. There's much to admire about the principle - more problem solving, a little more rigour...

Maths Is Useful. How?

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK
Cassandra Lee Yieng

Things are not always what they seem. What have you been taught to accept without question? What have you tried not to explore? What have you been avoiding? Then go and find out the truth yourselves. You'll be surprised at the light you'll find.

Mind the Skills Gap - Encouraging Diversity in STEM Industries

Coorous Mohtadi | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Tech
Coorous Mohtadi

A recent report from the Campaign for Science and Engineering highlighted that disabled individuals are less likely to work in STEM, only 8% of British engineers are women, and pupils who may be socially disadvantaged are less likely to be taught science by a specialist teacher.

Early Childhood and an Introduction to Maths

Daniel Lightwing | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Lightwing

I often think about where a talent in mathematics comes from? Is it a side effect of having Aspergers? If I can't understand the society around me, Maths might seem like the easiest subject to relate to. A pure subject, untainted by human bias.

Homer Simpson 'Predicted The Higgs Boson'

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Tech

The Higgs Boson particle - that so-called 'God Particle' (sigh) which gives other particles mass - was predicted by Professor Peter Higgs in 1964 et a...

The Mathematics of Marriage

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

For the next 10 minutes I would squeal, pause and catch my breath, catch sight of the ring, and then squeal some more. Repeat x 5. What was odder still, was that I felt some sort of sisterly connection with this girl, even though I don't think I even know her boyfriend/fiancée's name?!

Government's New Maths Test For 11-Year-Olds Revealed

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Comedy

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced a "war on illiteracy and innumeracy" - which will include new maths and grammar tests for 11-year-olds....

Pythagoras Alone Won't Help Our Children Build a Successful Career

Michael Mercieca | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

I believe we need to have a discussion about whether stuffing traditional maths down our children day after day is actually delivering real results, for them and society. While maths is vital, does it, in reality, need to be taught in a radically different way?

Like A Celeb Awards Bash, Except These People Are USEFUL

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Tech

More than $36 million in prizes has been awarded at a glitzy bash in California, except that unlike celebrities, actors and musicians the people recei...

Happy Pi Day!

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Tech

It's Pi Day, Pi Day, gotta get down on Pi Day. Everybody's look-ing for-ward to the weekend. Unfortunately while it is true that March 14 - 3.14 - ...

In Praise of Lisa, Sophie, Ada and Their Galgorithms

Simon Singh | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Simon Singh

In my book "The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets", I explain that all these maths references have been inserted by writers on The Simpsons who have strong mathematical backgrounds, including masters degrees and PhDs.

Theatre Review: X&Y, Science Museum

Victoria Sadler | Posted 13.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Kids aren't engaging with science. There's no shortage of headlines telling us this so, as part of this wider push to break down the barriers to science, the Twin Primes Theatre Company has created a theatrical production, X & Y, that explores mathematics through theatre.

Natalie Portman - Genius or Diva?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Preetam Kaushik

Natalie Portman plays Alice Ayers, in the film Closer. When she isn't portraying the pathos of an abandoned, broken-hearted woman, who deals with pain...

Weather Forecasting - A Uniquely Misconstrued Science?

Ian Roulstone | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Tech
Ian Roulstone

In order to understand the challenges forecasters face, we need to look at the history behind modern forecasting. The story begins in 1904 when Vilhelm Bjerknes, a Norwegian physicist, published a paper describing how weather prediction could be formulated as a problem of maths and physics.