Bayesian Statistics and the Law

There were many winners at the Golden Globes this year including The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story which came away with 2 wins and 5 nominations. The program, which aired at the beginning of 2016, was praised for bringing the famous case back into the public eye after 20 years. The court case […]

Magic Square on the Sagrada Familia

In June, I was lucky enough to explore the beautiful city of Barcelona. It was an incredible few days walking the sunny streets, lying on the beach and gazing at the incredible buildings that make up the city. My favourite sight, however, was the Sagrada Familia. This beautiful basilica is credited to Antoni Gaudi, who […]

Counting To Two

We grow up believing numbers are a universal language. People living in different countries with different cultures and languages can still agree that 2+2=4. However, this is not true of everyone sharing our planet. There are some people who don’t use the same counting system as us, such as the Pirahã. They are a tribe […]

40 years to find a Proof

The Kelmans-Seymore conjecture is only one sentence long but thanks to the work of mathematicians at Georgia Institute of Technology, it now has 120 pages of mathematics to (hopefully) back it up. This conjecture is almost 40 years old! In 1977, Paul Seymore from Princeton University came up with this idea and just 2 years […]

The Mathematics of Humour

Snunkoople, howaymb, finglam and quingel – no, these aren’t real words but they are funny according to a study carried out last year, which has managed to find humorous words using the mathematics of probability. In November 2015, a paper was published concerning a study that aimed “to directly test Schopenhauer’s hypothesis that greater incongruity […]

A New Prime Number

We’ve done it – the longest Prime number to be discovered by humans was announced last month by the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS). The number, 274,207,281 – 1, was discovered on the 7th January 2016 by Curtis Cooper and his team at the University of Central Missouri. The number is referred to as […]

Can Mathematics Fight Crime?

Mathematics is providing a helping hand to police forces fighting crime and the results are looking good. PredPol is a company that markets predictive policing software to cities including Atlanta and Tacoma, Washington in the USA. The co-founders, Dr. Jeffrey Brantinham and Dr. George Mohler, were part of a team that published a paper in October […]

Mathematics Tackles Climate Change

Our methods for tackling climate change got a mathematical make-over this summer thanks to Dr Samuel Johnson, from the University of Warwick’s Mathematics Institute. He published a paper that outlined the way in which game theory (a sector of mathematics) could be used by countries to increase cooperation – a method called “targeted punishment” — and help […]

Mouth-Watering Mathematics

During summer I came across some projects that I instantly loved because they combine two passions of mine – mathematics and food! Multivariate Beer was my first discovery.[1] Dr Nathan Yau is a writer on FlowingData, a website that “explores how statisticians, designers, data scientists and others use analysis, visualisation and exploration to understand data […]

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