# Articles on Mathematics

## Topology looks for the patterns inside big data

Collect all the data you want, but if you can't figure out what you're looking at, it's useless. Topologists look for spatial relationships to figure out what the data can tell us.

## Why do so few black males go into STEM areas? Here’s what made DeAndre give up

Black male kids who start out by excelling in STEM gradually lose interest due to low teacher expectations and racial stereotyping. The result? Blacks hold only 6% of all STEM jobs.

## Here’s how to get kids to remember times tables

Lots of kids have trouble remembering their times tables. Learning them by rote can mean a child knows the numbers but not what they mean.

## Brainy bones: the hidden complexity inside your skeleton

The network of bone cells inside your skeleton rivals your brain in terms of complexity.

## It’s often the puzzles that baffle that go viral

Have you heard the one about Cheryl's birthday? It's the latest puzzle that's baffling people across the world.

## Geographic tongue: the mysterious condition that makes maps in your mouth

Say ahhh. How mathematicians are looking at a baffling tongue condition that spirals around your tongue.

## Why it’s time for MPs to go back to school – knowing the numbers is part of their job

When MPs can't get to grips with basic statistics, it's bad for democracy.

## How particle accelerator maths helped me fix my Wi-Fi

How a long dead mathematician called Maxwell can speed up your internet.

## A day in the life of Pi

Mathematics nerds abound, Pi Day is here, and this year it's more accurate than ever.

## Pi Day is silly, but π itself is fascinating and universal

3/14 on the calendar approximates the first three digits of the mathematical constant π. Math nerds will celebrate with baked goods, but π is a deeper, nobler entity.

## Prepared for Pi Day? This year it’s a once in a century celebration

A special Pi Day this year for those who celebrate this remarkable number on March 14, a date that can be written 3/14. Given 3.14 is Pi to two decimal places, what happens when you add in the year?

## New take on game theory offers clues on why we cooperate

Recent research suggests a new way to look at the famous prisoner's dilemma and how the results could help us better understand human behavior and encourage cooperation.

## Teachers’ gender bias in maths affects girls later

New research has found some teachers mark boys' primary school maths tests more favourably than girls.

## UK universities find a cash cow in the financial fall-out

The past three decades have seen an unprecedented explosion of activity in a new sub-discipline of mathematics: financial mathematics. The emergence of this field has parallelled the expansion of the quantitative…

## Origami: mathematics in creasing

Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. One uncut square of paper can, in the hands of an origami artist, be folded into a bird, a frog, a sailboat, or a Japanese samurai helmet beetle. Origami…

## Maths test: why using a cricket nightwatchman is off the mark

Imagine you are captain of the national cricket team. With 20 minutes left in day one of a test match, your top-order batsman is dismissed. Do you employ a nightwatchman? That is, do you send in a tail-end…

## How parents can help their kids understand, and enjoy, maths

Teaching maths concepts has long been considered the domain of the classroom teacher, with many parents often feeling unable to help their kids develop this skill. However, parents already do many things…

## Alan Turing’s legacy is even bigger than we realise

Alan Turing is one of the world’s best-known mathematicians, and probably the best known in the past century. This is partly for his work on cracking German codes in World War II, and partly for his arrest…

## Domino’s square pizza is value for money – with the right toppings

Consider a standard pizza box containing a standard circular pizza. How much more would you be willing to pay for a square pizza that filled the box? Clearly the square pizza contains more pizza: but is…

## The significance of digits: just how reliable are reported numbers?

When numbers of any sort are presented in mathematics, science, business, government or finance, it’s fair to say a reader assumes that the data are reasonably reliable to their last digit. But presenting…