This Random Number Generator Could Be the Most Random Ever

Randomness rules the very fabric of reality. So it only makes sense that scientists have figured out how to use nature’s randomness as a tool in our mundane world. Read More >>

Calculators Aren’t Turning us into a Nation of Finger-Counting Simpletons

The pendulum of opinion regarding the use of calculators in schools has swung back into positive territory, with a new report finding that they help students of all ages engage with maths and formulate strategies for solving problems themselves -- as long as the teachers integrate them into lessons appropriately. Read More >>

10 Tips to Improve Your Mental Maths Ability

Calculators are awesome, but they’re not always handy. More to the point, no one wants to be seen reaching for the calculator on their mobile phone when it’s time to figure out a 15 per cent gratuity. Here are ten tips to help you crunch numbers in your head. Read More >>

A Quick Animated History of Why We Use the Numbers We Use

I find the history of numbers so much more fascinating than the application of numbers. Who cares about learning calculus when you can geek out on the brief history of numerical systems? Read More >>

Mathematician Explains a Weird Feature of Coin Flips

File under: possibly useful information to share at the next cocktail party. Read More >>

Can YOU Answer Today’s GCSE Maths Questions?

The people in charge of teaching our children all the things they can't learn from an iPad and YouTube have released a batch of past GCSE Maths exam questions, allowing bored adults to secretly see if they're as capable at maths as the average 15- or 16-year-old in England is (supposed to be), as they sit the real-deal in a school hall somewhere today. Read More >>

Sneaky Trick Uses Math Magic to Guess Your Cards

Maths is basically magic. So it’s no surprise that a clever use of the Fibonacci numbers — a series of numbers (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, etc.) where each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers — and a super-slick shuffling method can combine for a card trick that makes it impossibly easy to guess the number and suit of the two cards you’re holding. Read More >>

You Have to Download a 10MB Zip File to See the Largest Known Prime Number

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search project -- or GIMPS as it unfortunately refers to itself -- has counted to a new number. It's the new highest prime number we've yet discovered, somehow numbering a ludicrous 22,338,618 digits in length. Read More >>

Do Numbers Really Exist?

Here’s a nice, simple topic for first thing on a Friday afternoon: do numbers really exist? Well, do they? Read More >>

No, This Viral Image Does Not Explain the History of Arabic Numerals

Your cousin’s Facebook friends are probably going nuts over this image that claims to show how the early history of Arabic geometric design informs how we write numerals today. “Each figure contains its own number of corners and angles,” reads the text. That’s half-true of the drawings in the image. The rest is patently false. Read More >>

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Why You Should Always Catch the Coin to Make a Toss Fair

When you throw a coin in the air to make a decision, you'd expect the outcome of the toss to be 50-50 whether you catch it or let it land on the ground. But, according to randomness expert Persi Diaconis, that's simply not true. Read More >>

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How Computers Handle Negative Numbers (and Sometimes Get It Wrong)

The digital world runs on binary. But while numbers made up of ones and zeroes is easy enough to get your head round, what happens when you need to express a negative number in digital form? Read More >>

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How to Win Every Game of Squares

So, you want ensure you always win whenever you play the wonderful time-waster that is Squares? The secrets, believe it or not, is not to get greedy. Read More >>

What Do the Numbers on Toasters Mean?

Ever wondered what the numbers on your toaster... really... mean? This video explains. Read More >>