A conversation about mathematics inspired by a low bridge sign. Presented by Katie Steckles and Peter Rowlett, with special guest Adam Townsend. The plot discussed around 11 minutes and various other photos are available on Adam’s Height Hunt website (spoilers for the episode’s twists and turns!). Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: RSS…

# Double Maths First Thing: Issue 1

Double Maths First Thing is Colin’s weekly news summary. Or autumnal, if you’re reading this after the equinox. You can sign up to receive it in your inbox on a Wednesday morning here. Hello! My name is Colin and I am a mathematician. It’s Wednesday morning, and it’s Double Maths First Thing. Shape-ology Over on…

# Carnival of Maths 231

The next issue of the Carnival of Mathematics, rounding up blog posts from the month of August 2024, is now online at Maths for Life. The Carnival rounds up maths blog posts from all over the internet, including some from our own Aperiodical. See our Carnival of Mathematics page for more information.

# Double Maths First Thing: Issue 0

Double Maths First Thing is Colin’s weekly news round-up. Or round-down, if the fractional part is smaller than a half. You can sign up to receive it in your inbox on a Wednesday morning here. Hello! My name is Colin and I am a mathematician. Welcome to issue 0 of Double Maths First Thing, in which I highlight…

# Aperiodical News Roundup – August 2024

Here’s a quick round-up of some news stories from this month. Awards The Royal Society has announced its award winners for 2024, which include mathematicians Ingrid Daubechies (Bakerian Medal/lecture for the physical sciences), Hannah Fry (David Attenborough Award/lecture for public engagement) and Philip Maini (Sylvester medal for mathematical research). And the joint IMA/LMS Christopher Zeeman…

# \(-e^{i\pi}\) to Watch: Science Rapper

In this series of posts, we’ll be featuring mathematical video and streaming channels from all over the internet, by speaking to the creators of the channel and asking them about what they do. We spoke to Jon Chase, aka Oort Kuiper the Science Rapper, about his TikTok channel and how he’s been using it to…

# Matrix multiplication doesn’t work like that

Earlier this week I posted a matrix multiplication worksheet on Mastodon. If you do some of these, you might spot what’s funny about them. For example. \[ \Large \begin{bmatrix}\color{navy}{4} & \color{navy}{8}\\\color{navy}{2} & \color{navy}{3}\end{bmatrix} \begin{bmatrix}\underline{\color{blue}{8}} & \underline{\color{blue}{8}}\\\underline{\color{blue}{2}} & \underline{\color{blue}{7}}\end{bmatrix} = \begin{bmatrix}\color{navy}{4}\underline{\color{blue}{8}} & \color{navy}{8}\underline{\color{blue}{8}}\\\color{navy}{2}\underline{\color{blue}{2}} & \color{navy}{3}\underline{\color{blue}{7}}\end{bmatrix} \] That is, the answer to each question can be made…