Mathematics, Measurement and Money

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 […]

The extraordinary theorems of John Nash

On 23 May 2015, John Forbes Nash tragically died in a taxi accident, just after receiving the most prestigious award that a mathematician can dream of, the Abel Prize. This tragic episode was the last event in a life which was so full of amazing events that Nash became an icon of human genius, recipient […]

What’s Your Angle?

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 […]

Hamilton, Boole and their Algebras

William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865) revolutionized algebra with his discovery of quaternions, a non-commutative algebraic system, as well as his earlier work on complex numbers. George Boole (1815-1864) contributed to probability and differential equations, but his greatest achievement was to create an algebra of logic ‘Boolean algebra’. These new algebras were not only important to the […]

Birth of a Theorum

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.