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  • 16 Apr 2021

    What have Mathematics and Statistics ever done for you?

    By Graham Robertson Senior Marketing Executive, Cambridge University Press How much do you know about the influence of mathematics and statistics? April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, so we thought we would share a quick snapshot… You probably know that secure online shopping and private messaging on your mobile or cell phone would not […]

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  • 14 Apr 2021
    Kevin Broughan

    Bounded gaps between primes: the epic breakthroughs of the early 21st century

    Why did I write this book? Certainly there are quite a few mathematicians who could write a better book on bounded gaps. I thought that the series of wonderful breakthroughs deserved to be celebrated with several accounts of the mathematical content of the breakthroughs, so why not! In addition, the style adopted for Equivalents of […]

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  • 5 Mar 2021
    C. R. Leedham-Green

    Did an apple really fall on Newton’s head?

    The original post can be found at www.principia.blog Everyone knows that The Principia was based on the inspiration that struck Newton when the apple struck his head, as you can see from the cartoon above. The thought that passed through his head was as follows: “Clearly the earth attracts the apple in the same way that it attracts […]

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  • 9 Oct 2019

    Energy Transfers in Fluid Flows

    Understanding turbulence is an important and challenging problem with a million dollar prize money on it.  We illustrate the complexity of a turbulent flow using an example.  Consider coffee being mixed vigorously, say by stirring (Figure 1(a)).  The kinetic energy fed at the large-scales cascades to intermediate scales and then to small scales, as shown […]

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  • 29 Mar 2019
    John Heard

    To what extent is the History of Mathematics a History?

    Mathematics rivals theology when it comes to ontological difficulties Mathematics rivals theology when it comes to ontological difficulties; consequently there are today three very different philosophical positions that can be taken. Platonists assert that there is an intangible but intelligible world of mathematical objects, and that the business of the mathematician is to explore this […]

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  • 8 Nov 2017
    Tony Hey

    Ada Lovelace Programming Pioneer

    For the 150th anniversary of Marie Curie's birth Tony Hey author of The Computing Universe, 2015 looks at the life and legacy of the first computer programmer Ada Lovelace.

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  • 5 Apr 2017
    Stan Wagon

    It Is Best to Accept the Banach Tarski Paradox

    In October 2016, a few months after our book appeared, I was at an AMS conference in Denver where Andreas Blass told me of an interesting fact related to the Banach–Tarski Paradox (BTP). I will summarize the story here. Many people, upon hearing about the BTP (a ball may be partitioned into five pieces that […]

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  • 17 Nov 2016
    Grzegorz Tomkowicz

    Remarks on The Banach-Tarski Paradox

    'The Banach-Tarski Paradox' co-author Grzegorz Tomkowicz describes the differences between the first and second edition of the classic book and touches on the relationship between mathematics and natural sciences.

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