Every now and then a phrase pops into my head and won’t leave until I write it down or tell it to someone else. One day the little voice in my head suggested putting “Didn’t” before the classic series of maths textbooks, Graduate Texts in Mathematics. So I found a cover of a GTIM book,…

# What we call mathematics

I notice in the news is an issue of whether we should have a different name for early maths. It’s actually quite interesting – and quite a problem – the different things we call ‘mathematics’.

# Mathematical Objects: PageRank

A conversation about mathematics inspired by the PageRank algorithm. Presented by Katie Steckles and Peter Rowlett. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS | List of episodes

# Aperiodical News Roundup – April 2022

Here’s a round-up of the mathematical and maths-adjacent news stories we saw in the month of April. Proof News The Kahn-Kalai conjecture, a result from graph theory, has been proved in this ArXiV paper by Stanford mathematicians Jinyoung Park (a former postdoc of Abel prize winner Avi Widgerson) and Huy Tuan Pham. Here’s the writeup…

# Mathematical Objects: A joke with Bec Hill

A conversation about mathematics inspired by a joke. Presented by Katie Steckles and Peter Rowlett, with special guest Bec Hill. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Google Podcasts | RSS | List of episodes

# Carnival of Maths 204

The next issue of the Carnival of Mathematics, rounding up blog posts from the month of April and hosted by Sophie, is now online at Sophie The Mathmo. 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.

# An incorrect model of the lottery, and when it doesn’t matter

Recently I came across an interesting idea about little mistakes in counting problems that actually don’t amount to much. In A Problem Squared 030, Matt Parker was investigating the question “What are the odds of having the same child twice?” and made some simplifying assumptions when thinking about DNA combinatorics. He justified leaving out a…