Last week I attended an event of the University of Greenwich Mathsoc, “Thinking Mathematically and Learning Mathematics Mathematically” by John Mason. This was very enjoyable, with some interesting problems to highlight aspects of the way people think about mathematics. Nice to exercise my mathematical muscle every now and then. I took the opportunity when crossing… Read more »

# Podcast: Episode 4 – Maths news with Sarah Shepherd

Episode 4. On any plane separated into regions, the regions may be coloured in such a way that no two adjacent regions receive the same colour using no more than four colours. Read a history of the four colour theorem at the MacTutor archive or get more information on the theorem at Wikipedia. On the… Read more »

# New Unified Mathematical Society

Over the past two weeks I have hectically followed the Presidents of the IMA and the LMS on a tour of several universities connected to the proposal for the formation of a new mathematical society. I should say my involvement has been nothing compared to the Presidents, who have visits more universities than I, have… Read more »

# Podcast: Episode 3 – Dr. Joanna Hartley, Public Transport Modelling

These are the show notes for episode 3 of the Travels in a Mathematical World podcast. 3 is prime and the only number which is equal to the sum of all the natural numbers less than it. More facts about number 3 from numbergossip.com. I was returning home from a trip to Birmingham, when a… Read more »

# Somewhere between 78 and 120 people are listening (possibly)

I am delighted to report that the first episode of the Travels in a Mathematical World podcast was released a week ago and has been downloaded 120 times by 78 unique IP addresses in the first week (one of which was me). Turning web hit logs into number of real people is a black art… Read more »

# Podcast: Episode 2 – Noel-Ann Bradshaw, Newton and Leibniz

These are the show notes for episode 2 of the Travels in a Mathematical World podcast. 2 is prime, the only even prime number. More facts about number 2 from thesaurus.maths.org. In the first of our Maths History series, Noel-Ann Bradshaw of the University of Greenwich and also Meetings Co-ordinator of the British Society for… Read more »

# Enigmatic SUMS in Leicester

Yesterday I spent an afternoon in Leicester. I visited the University of Leicester and met with the Student Union Maths Society (SUMS) group in the new David Wilson Library. They are an enthusiastic bunch and we had a good meeting discussing their plans for the group and how the IMA can help. I then walked… Read more »