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# Articles on Mathematics

## Robodebt not only broke the laws of the land – it also broke laws of mathematics

I crunched the numbers, and they suggest the Robodebt algorithm’s error rate was on the order of 80%.

## ‘Maths anxiety’ is a real thing. Here are 3 ways to help your child cope

Maths anxiety is the feeling of tension and worry that interferes with a person’s ability to solve mathematical problems. It can be seen in children as young as five.

## Pi gets all the fanfare, but other numbers also deserve their own math holidays

Pi gets a lot of attention this time of year, but there are plenty of other mathematical constants just as deserving of recognition.

## How queuing leads to city centre violence and what our research says about preventing night-time brawls

Recent research shows how the relationship between alcohol consumption, queuing and crowds can lead to violent behaviour in city centres at night.

## Cancer evolution is mathematical – how random processes and epigenetics can explain why tumor cells shape-shift, metastasize and resist treatments

An epigenetic model of cancer that incorporates the concept of stochasticity could also explain why cancer risk increases with age and how biological development can be reversible.

## Maths that will help you as an adult: from baking a cake to asking for a pay rise

Many people suffer from maths anxiety, which can make using numbers difficult.

## ‘Numberless math’ gets kids thinking about and visualizing algebra

Working with moveable pictures can help children learn an algebra rule: Whatever you do to one side of the equation, you need to do to the other. Here’s how teachers or caregivers can lead this.

## Why teachers are letting students solve math problems in lots of different ways

Mathematics is not a “neutral” subject — cultural biases exist. A shift to more equitable teaching looks like teachers drawing on students’ knowledge, and students generating lots of solutions.

## Limits to computing: A computer scientist explains why even in the age of AI, some problems are just too difficult

In the age of AI, people might wonder if there’s anything computers can’t do. The answer is yes. In fact, there are numerous problems that are beyond the reach of even the most powerful computers.

## Richard Price: how one of the 18th century’s most influential thinkers was forgotten

He was an important philosopher, mathematician and social reformer of his time. But Richard Price was subsequently written out of history.

## Long before Silicon Valley, scholars in ancient Iraq created an intellectual hub that revolutionised science

The House of Wisdom was populated by a number of multitalented thinkers – at a time marked by fervent collaboration and intellectual prosperity in the Arabic-speaking world.

## Exploring the mathematical universe – connections, contradictions, and kale

Mathematicians are like anatomists learning how a body works, or navigators charting new waters.

## A brief history of statistics in football: why actual goals remain king in predicting who will win

Despite being 25 years old, the Dixon-Coles model is still the gold standard of football prediction

## The history and mystery of Tangram, the children’s puzzle game that harbours a mathematical paradox or two

Tangram is accessible yet challenging, and an excellent educational tool. It’s still used in schools today to help illustrate mathematical concepts and develop mathematical thinking skills.

## Betting on female jockeys can bring greater rewards – but it’s not all good news

Horse racing can be at thrill for punters and jockeys alike. But sex discrimination could be skewing the odds.

## Are prices real? How ghosts of calculus and physics influenced what we pay for things today

The fleeting nature of prices is prompting bold new research in econophysics and finance.

## Synchrony with chaos – blinking lights of a firefly swarm embody in nature what mathematics predicted

Synchrony is ubiquitous throughout the universe. But physicists’ equations predicted there could also be erratic exceptions marching to their own beat. Now they’ve been spotted in firefly swarms.

## How maths can help the BBC with impartial reporting

The disinformation age is changing what it means to produce fair or balanced reporting.

## How a quest for mathematical truth and complex models can lead to useless scientific predictions – new research

The assumption that more detail is better is questioned by a new study.

## Eliud Kipchoge broke the men’s marathon record by 30 seconds. How close is the official sub-2 hour barrier now?

The greatest marathoner of our time just broke his own world record. Is an official marathon run in less than two hours any closer?