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IMA 50th Anniversary events


The IMA turns 50 this year, and is holding two celebration events and publishing a book.

Particularly mathematical New Years Honours 2014

With the announcement of honours for 1,195 people in the 2014 New Years list, it’s time for the latest in our ongoing Honours-watch series of posts. In this, we search arbitrarily for ‘mathematics’ in the PDFs of the various lists, and hope our well-informed readers fill in the blanks where actual knowledge is required.

iSquared Magazine available for free download

iSquared covers

I am delighted to report that the IMA and the National STEM Centre have made all twelve issues of iSquared Magazine available as PDFs for free download for the first time. The magazine was produced as a print-only publication by Sarah Shepherd from 2007-10.

Maths Careers Poster Competition 2013/14

The IMA Maths Careers website has launched its annual poster competition. This time in collaboration with the British Museum’s Citi Money Gallery and part of the Mathematics of Planet Earth, the competition asks entrants to design a single global currency:

Imagine there was a single global currency; what would it look like? How big would it be? What would it be worth?
Your poster should be a pitch to the ‘Bank of the planet Earth’, outlining why your design should be commissioned for minting. The poster must include:

  • The obverse and reverse design for the coin or note
  • Technical specifications (dimensions, weight and material)
  • The exchange rate to pounds sterling (GBP) and two other currencies with the conversion method shown

The poster should be no larger than A4. Colour may be used in coin designs for effect. There are three age categories: 11-13, 14-16 and 17-19. One entry per person per category only is allowed.

The main prize in each age group is an Android tablet and family tickets to the latest exhibition at the British Museum. The deadline for entries is midnight on 15th January, 2014.

Full rules and to submit entries: Poster Competition 2013 / 2014 at Maths Careers.

via Colin Wright on Twitter

Call for nominations for ICIAM Prizes for 2015

Professor Barbara Keyfitz, President of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), has issued a call for nominations for five prizes it will award at its 8th International Congress in Beijing in August 2015.

Ox Blocks probabilities

I have a new toy. ‘Ox Blocks’ box promises “Noughts and Crosses with a novel twist”.

Ox Blocks game in progress