Our Pictures Editor, Natasha Gertler, takes a look at the Science Museum’s new Winton Gallery, which brings 400 years of mathematical history to life.
Throughout its brief history, mathematics has been closely linked with measurement and money. In the ancient settlements the rules of arithmetic and geometry were used to solve problems about the allocation of food and resources. When life became more complex, the use of coined money led to computational problems that required good algorithms for their […]
Why is the sky dark at night? This talk will explore the differing roles of puzzles and paradoxes in science and in mathematics. Thought experiments like Maxwell’s Demon or the EPR Paradox have been used to illustrate or question new ideas in physics; the Olbers Paradox has challenged our understanding of the universe, while mathematical […]
Discover how mathematics relates to everyday life in What’s Your Angle?, a new festival created by the Science Museum and theatre company non zero one. Take on the role of an undercover journalist for the News-a-Rama Corporation’s latest channel News 24, and use your findings to make attention-grabbing headlines or record a live television broadcast […]
Yodit Feseha looks at the numbers that underlie much of nature, and how we see beauty
Coincidences happen, incredibly unlikely things occur, and the apparently miraculous comes about. The improbability principle says that such extraordinarily improbable events are commonplace.
What goes on inside the mind of a mathematician? Where does inspiration come from? Fields Medal winner Cédric Villani will combine passion and imagination to take us on a fantastical adventure through the beautiful, mysterious world of mathematics.