Here’s a selection of mathematical stories that crossed our desk in August. Maths Research News Researchers have discovered that a shape can be designed to trace almost any infinite periodic trajectory when rolling down a slope, as seen in this Nature.com video (via Jeroen van Dorp) A new diamond open access journal, Innovations in Graph…

# Podcasting about: Digging For The Why podcast

In this series of posts, we’ll be featuring mathematical podcasts from all over the internet, by speaking to the creators of the podcast and asking them about what they do. We spoke to Andy Lumley, Head of Learning Technology for educational charity MEI, about their podcast Digging For The Why.

# Mathematical Objects: Scone with Sophie Maclean

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

# Mathematical modelling and sustainability

I was interviewed by Nira Chamberlain, President of the Mathematical Association. I am the twelfth person to whom he has asked his question “what is the point of mathematics?” Hoping to offer something a little different, I spoke about teaching students the role mathematical modelling can play in sustainability.

# Podcasting about: The NCETM Maths podcast

In this series of posts, we’ll be featuring mathematical podcasts from all over the internet, by speaking to the creators of the podcast and asking them about what they do. We spoke to Beth Goodliff from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, about their in-house podcast aimed at maths teachers.

# 1. Patterns

Martin Gardner’s long-running column in Scientific American made it onto the front cover of the magazine twelve times. Gathering 4 Gardner refers to these cover stories as “A Gardner’s Dozen“, while pointing out that these aren’t his ‘greatest hits’ and the magazine artists didn’t necessarily reproduce the graphics as he would have liked them. Nevertheless,…

# Mathematical Objects: Joukowsky aerofoil

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