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mathematics in the media

The man who knew infinity

Apostolos Doxiadis is someone who has been mentioned several times here. He is responsible (at least in part) for several remarkable works on or about mathematics: a novel (Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture), a graphic novel (Logicomix, with Christos Papadimitriou), … Continue reading

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Adventures of an iPad newbie

I have had an iPad for a month or so now. I got it so that I could test the course material for Mathematical Structures to see that it was tablet-friendly. But, sad to say, I don’t think it will … Continue reading

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On TV, 2

The video clip of Rosemary and me at the Universidade Aberta (Open University) in Portugal has been recycled into part of a programme shown on Portuguese national televisionat 7pm this evening. You can watch the whole thing here. Our appearance … Continue reading

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Infinite reactions, 5

The Horizon programme “To Infinity and Beyond” was repeated on BBC4 recently. I didn’t know in advance, but this showing brought another crop of emails, to most of which I have tried to reply. Alif Mirza pointed me to chapter … Continue reading

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Brave new world

I’ve seen three loosely linked documents recently which paint a picture of the new world of reseach funding and publishing we are entering (two things which are not unrelated). The first was an article in The Guardian about a letter … Continue reading

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Super

Superinjunctions are much in the news in Britain at present. Last year we had the scandalous case of a tanker which delivered a load of toxic waste to an African port without telling the port authorities the nature of the … Continue reading

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Mayoral language

We are about to elect a Mayor, and the booklet containing the candidates’ statements has arrived. Inside the back cover, the working of the alternative vote system to be used in the election is described. The back cover, however, gives … Continue reading

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Infinite reactions, 4

The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications has just published an article about the Horizon programme “To Infinity and Beyond” in its journal Mathematics TODAY. Nominally written by Chris Budd (a consultant on the programme whose views were partly ignored), … Continue reading

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Infinite reactions, 3

Here is a third posting on reactions to “To Infinity and Beyond” – a bit different from the others. The theorem in Euclid stating that the base angles of an isosceles triangle are equal is referred to as the Pons … Continue reading

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Infinite reactions, 2

Here is a second instalment of reactions to the Horizon programme To Infinity and Beyond. (The first instalment is here.) Many people (not all of them related to me) seemed to like my performance. Thank you – very gratifying! The … Continue reading

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