‘Fractal’ mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot dies aged 85

October 17th, 2010 No comments

Mandelbrot developed fractals as a mathematical way of understanding the infinite complexity of nature.

The concept has been used to measure coastlines, clouds and other natural phenomena and had far-reaching effects in physics, biology and astronomy.

Full Story – BBC News

I’m Singin’ in the Rain…

October 15th, 2010 14 comments

You may have heard someone ask this question before.  You may have even pondered it yourself.

You need to get from A to B on foot, in pouring rain, without an umbrella (and without singing).
Presuming you want to get as little wet as possible, is it better to run or walk?

By setting up a simplified mathematical model we can answer this question, and soon a solution will be made available.

In the meantime, we want your ideas!

If you want to submit a well-presented mathematical solution, it will be considered to be formally added to the post.

But of course, all comments are welcome, so please leave your suggestions below.

Roberto Carlos wonder goal ‘no fluke’, say physicists

September 3rd, 2010 1 comment

Physicists have explained one of football’s most spectacular goals.

More importantly, the mathematics of infinity features in a BBC News report!

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No-Numbers Geometry

November 30th, 2009 3 comments

Can you work out the size of angle xº?

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That’s a regular hexagon and a regular pentagon.  Good luck!

(Hint: Consider the size of the interior angles in a polygon, the sum of angles round a point, and the sum of angles on a line)

(This is my first post in quite a while – apologies for the delay. I’ve been trying to become a qualified teacher!). Read more…

A Brief History of Mathematics with Professor Marcus Du Sautoy

June 16th, 2010 No comments

Professor of Mathematics Marcus du Sautoy reveals the personalities behind the calculations and how mathematics is the driving force behind modern science and exploration.

Ten fascinating 15-minute radio programmes, all this week and next week on BBC Radio 4 at 3.45pm.

Go to A Brief History of Mathematics site

Christmas in Numbers

December 25th, 2009 No comments

Happy Christmas from The Secret Garden of Maths!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8428406.stm

David Beckham is a Mathematician!

August 7th, 2009 No comments

but he might not know it…

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We all deserve to see it…

July 27th, 2009 7 comments

…the secret garden of maths.

Romanesco Fractal Broccoli

Romanesco "Fractal" Broccoli

 

Dear reader,

My name is Micky Bullock and I am, amongst other things, a concerned mathematician.  Read more…