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Aperiodical News Roundup – December 2020

Here’s the latest (well, almost) news of mathematical and maths-related things that happened in December.

Particularly mathematical New Years Honours 2021

It’s that time of year when we take a look at the UK Government’s New Years Honours list for any particularly mathematical entries. Here is the selection for this year – any more, let us know in the comments and we’ll add to the list.

  • Phillippa Spencer, Senior Principal Statistician, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. Appointed OBE for services to Defence, particularly during the Covid-19 Response. A Dstl press release says this is “in recognition of her support to the UK’s decision makers by her application of maths to deliver consistent, assured data to prevent the loss of life through exposure to COVID-19, Novichok and Ebola”.
  • Jonathan Carter, Chief Engineer Stealth at Atlas Elektronik UK, appointed MBE for services to Naval Operational Effectiveness, is quoted in the Dorset Echo saying

People don’t always understand the amount of science, maths and physics that goes into the Royal Navy. I see this recognition as not just for me, but also for the group of people working across those disciplines who have been working for a long, long time on these systems. Our young scientists, physicists and mathematicians should take heart that persistent, enduring efforts do occasionally get recognised, and persist with what they’re doing.

  • David Walrond, former Principal of Truro and Penwith College, appointed OBE for services to Further Education in Cornwall, is cited by the Cornish Times as leading the establishment of the Cornwall Teaching School and Maths Hub.

Get the full list here.

Aperiodical News Roundup – November 2020

Here’s some of the latest mathematical news and goings-on from the month of November.

Fractal Bunting Competition – results

Photo of a medal with 'WINNER' written on it

A few weeks ago, we announced a competition to design some fractal bunting, without giving too much of a particular guide as to what we were looking for, in order to spark people’s creativity and get them making (or imagining) some lovely mathematical decorations with which to festoon things. We had a large range of types of entry, and it’s given us some inspiration for how we might (infinitely) brighten up the place.

Since we know much more about fractals than we do about design, we asked illustrator Hana Ayoob to help judge the entries on their aesthetic merit, and here we present some of our favourite entries, along with the announcement of the winner.

Aperiodical News Roundup – October 2020

Here’s a roundup of mathematical stories from the month that’s just been.

24-hour Maths Magic Show next weekend

24 Hour Maths Magic Show logo

Next weekend, a group of maths presenters will be getting together some mathematicians, magicians and other cool people to put on a 24-hour long online YouTube mathematical magic $x$-stravaganza. Each half-hour will feature a different special guest sharing a mathematical magic trick of some kind, and across the day there’ll be a total of 48 tricks for you to watch and puzzle over.