Here’s the second match in round 2 of The Big Internet Math-Off. Today we’re pitting Paul Taylor against Edmund Harriss. The rules are the same as in round 1: take a look at both pitches, vote for the bit of maths that made you do the loudest “Aha!”, and if you know any more cool… Read more »

# The Big Internet Math-Off Round 2 – Nira Chamberlain v Alison Kiddle

It’s the start of round 2 of the Math-Off, and we’ve already seen some excellent maths. 16 competitors are now 8, and they’re fighting for a place in the semi-final. The first round 2 match is between Nira Chamberlain and Alison Kiddle. The rules are still the same: take a look at both pitches, vote… Read more »

# Alexander Bogomolny, creator of Cut the Knot, has died.

Rest in Peace, Alexander Bogomolny @CutTheKnotMath Devastating news. He was of the few saints you meet in life: He gave more, much more than he took. — Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) July 8, 2018 Alexander Bogomolny was a mathematician and educator well known for his website Cut the Knot, which offered interactive mathematical miscellany and… Read more »

# Are there More or Less stars than grains of beach sand?

This week’s episode of More or Less on the BBC World Service answered a question that involved estimating big numbers: Are there more stars than grains of beach sand? This claim was famously made by Carl Sagan in the seminal programme Cosmos. The cosmos is rich beyond measure. The number of stars in the universe… Read more »

# The Big Internet Math-Off Round 1 – Jo Morgan v Tony Mann

Here’s the final match in Round 1 of The Big Internet Math-Off. Our last two competitors are Jo Morgan and Tony Mann. Take a look at both pitches, vote for the bit of maths that made you do the loudest “Aha!”, and if you know any more cool facts about either of the topics presented… Read more »

# Carnival of Mathematics 159

The next issue of the Carnival of Mathematics, rounding up blog posts from the month of June, and compiled by Kartik, is now online at Comfortably Numbered. 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.

# The Big Internet Math-Off Round 1 – James Propp v Zoe Griffiths

Here’s the seventh match in Round 1 of The Big Internet Math-Off. Today, we’re pitting James Propp against Zoe Griffiths. Take a look at both pitches, vote for the bit of maths that made you do the loudest “Aha!”, and if you know any more cool facts about either of the topics presented here, please… Read more »