Mathematics

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

Michael Mercieca | Posted 14.11.2014 | 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.

Book Review: 'Math On Trial' by Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez

Abigail Tarttelin | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Abigail Tarttelin

Math On Trial is a study of several criminal cases where flaws in mathematical and statistical calculations and their analysis led to incorrect verdicts of guilt or innocence. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book!

Guess What? The 'Good Will Hunting' Maths Problem Was Relatively Easy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Comedy

The film 'Good Will Hunting', if you remember, starred Matt Damon as a troubled janitor working at MIT - the twist being that he was, in fact, a secre...

Financial Education Should Be Part of the National Curriculum

Anthony Browne | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Politics
Anthony Browne

Schools should equip children with intellectual learning and skills for life outside the school gates. One of the most important and practical skills throughout life - and one of the keys to a prosperous adulthood - is the ability to manage money competently.

Largest Prime Number Discovered (And Has 17 Million Digits)

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Tech

The largest known prime number now has 17 million digits. Prime numbers are those which are indivisible by any number other than itself and one. ...

More Women in Science and Engineering Will Unlock Growth

Ann McKechin | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

One way to tackle the skills crisis is to try and encourage a group into STEM who have been more or less an endangered species in science and engineering to date: women.

Telling Stories Through Numbers with Daniel Tammet

Farah Jassat | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Farah Jassat

Thinking in Numbers forces us to see the world from Daniel's perspective. Even if we feel numbers don't come naturally to us, one must wonder at their depth and insight into human experience.

Calculators Banned From Maths Tests

PA | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK

Calculators are to be banned from maths tests for 11-year-olds, the Government has announced. The move comes amid concerns by ministers that primar...

Alice E. Vincent

Painting By Numbers: An Interview With Autistic Savant Daniel Tammet

HuffingtonPost.com | Alice E. Vincent | Posted 19.09.2012 | Home

Imagine if, when looking at a piece of art, you saw a numerical code. Or a rainbow when reading a book. For Daniel Tammet, life has always been more t...

Making Math Child Friendly: Learning Styles

Elena Barbiero | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Elena Barbiero

Individuals 'learn' because it serves them in some way, and children of course are more instinctive than adults. Regardless of learning style, a young child will want to learn something as a way of exploring the world, and will use all senses: this is because the rational brain is not yet in many cases ready to retain information merely from sitting down and 'taking notes'.

Failsafe Fun On GCSE Exam Results Day

Gordon Sutton | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Gordon Sutton

So, they thought trying to decide what to wear for their Year 11 Prom was stressful?

Michael Gove's Prescription on Maths Teaching Is Harmful to Real Education

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

Having trashed teaching qualification (QTS) by telling academies that they could appoint teachers without QTS qualifications, Michael Gove is at it again, this time telling teachers how to teach mathematics. Whatever next? Andrew Lansley telling doctors how to treat patients?

Pasta By Design: Use Your Noodle (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.07.2012 | Home

Pasta, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. It’s a staple of every student’s kitchen, a raw material in children’s art. It enjoys an illic...

Zen and the Art of Mathematics

Tim Curtis | Posted 20.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Tim Curtis

What does Gove want us back to? He wants young people today to get bogged down in minutiae of detail and take their eye off the goal. He wants worker drones with no sense of their own capabilities and intelligence. He doesn't want people to solve problems, he wants clerks to write down sums in a book, perhaps to help balance the national deficit.

Are Mathematics Responsible for the Financial Crisis?

Théo Le Bret | Posted 19.05.2012 | UK
Théo Le Bret

In the recent economic crisis, many of the failures of the system have been attributed to the systematic trading of increasingly elaborate "derivative...

WATCH: Girl Does Nothing For 'Dumb Blonde' Stereotype

Huffington Post UK | Alastair Plumb | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Comedy

Meet Travis Chambers and his wife, Chelsea. They were enjoying a car journey together the other day when Travis decided to ask her a tricky maths ques...

Quarter of Primary School Leavers Can't Add Up Simple Sums

PA | Posted 23.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than a quarter of children aged between 10 and 12 cannot add two small sums of money without using a calculator, a survey has revealed. Youngs...

Engineers or Scientists, That Is the Question

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 21.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Adnan Al-Daini

These are the rare qualities good engineers must have, but where are the salaries and the status to match? I know of a number of brilliant students who decided to go into "the city", banking and finance, after graduation because that is where the money and the status are. It is not scientists who put a man on the moon, it is engineers

Secret WWII Enigma Codebreaking Documents Revealed After 66 Years (PHOTOS)

Melanie Hick | Posted 05.11.2011 | UK

A top secret report on the full extent of Bletchley Park's involvement in cracking the Nazi enigma code in WWII has been released. The report, writ...