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CHENG!!!!!!

This post popped into our news queue just before Christmas, and was forgotten about thanks to the seasonal good cheer. Well, it’s 2015 now, and our Nonsense Formula Disapprove-o-Matic is beeping angrily. We still can’t muster up enough enthusiasm to properly dig into this, so I’ve just tidied up the links I collected earlier on.

Eugenia Cheng (of nonsense formulas passim) has “found” the formula for the perfect doughnut, for Domino’s Pizza. Coincidentally, they’ve recently started selling doughnuts.

Actually, “formula” should be in quotes as well – the “formula” she gives is, drumroll…

\[ \frac{(r-2)^2}{4(r-1)} \]

Note that that’s not a formula.

Watch the LMS become very old, LIVE

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We haven’t properly mentioned until now that The London Mathematical Society is 150 years old this year. You can’t gather a whole society of mathematicians together without one or two of them noticing that 150 is a nice round number, and some form of celebration is in order.

The Aperiodical’s Best Maths Pun of 2014 Competition – The Results

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It’s time to reveal the results of our search for the best maths pun of 2014.

First of all, a startling number of you seemed unclear as to what a pun is. Yet others seemed not to notice that we were asking for new puns, so we had to rule those out as well. After ruling out all the invalid entries, we were still left with a few dozen workable puns, so there was plenty to consider.

Below are the results, along with comments from our awards committee (Peter, Katie, Paul and Christian, along with guest celebri-judges Matt Parker, Steve Mould and James Grime, who happened to be nearby at the time).

Congratulations to everyone who gets a mention, and of course to our absolute favourite, the winner. Which will be revealed at the end, after you’ve read all the not-quite-as-good ones, obviously.

Say happy birthday to Christopher Zeeman on his 90th

Maths hero Christopher Zeeman will turn 90 in February. Normally when a mathematician reaches a big round number of years, there’ll be a celebratory day of lectures or even a small book. The LMS has decided to take things even further by setting up a website to collect people’s birthday wishes, as well as personal stories and photos, for the Z-man (as he’s known in downtown Warwick). They’ll all be collected into a book and presented to him at the launch of the LMS’s new online archive.

So if you want to say happy birthday to Sir Christopher, go to the Zeeman Turns 90 website.

via The London Maths Society on Twitter.

Just Get 10

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Here’s a new numberiffic game from Veewo, the people who made noted Threes-a-like 1024 (which begat 2048, which inevitably begat 2048: Harry Styles edition).

In Just Get 10, you have to get at least nineteen combine numbered blocks until you get one with a 10 on it. If you tap two adjacent blocks with the same number, they’re replaced by a single block with the next number up.

It’s alright.

Announcing The Aperiodical’s Best Maths Pun of 2014 Competition

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Here’s one of my favourite maths puns.

What’s yellow and equivalent to the axiom of choice?

Zorn’s Lemon!!!!!!!!

I like it because it’s a real groaner, but to even begin to see what it’s punning on you have to know some pretty obscure facts about set theory. That makes it an ideal maths pun.

Maths puns abound (both upper and lower). Most of the time they make your eyes roll so badly that gimbal lock becomes a consideration, but a real corker makes all the years of mathematical study worthwhile.

Since the year is about to end, we thought it’d be a fun idea to collect some new maths puns, and run a quick competition to find 2014’s best offering (or the local maxipun at 2014, as we like to call it).