This year has been frankly ridiculous. And while we’ve done our best to cover all the hot maths topics throughout, we have inevitably missed a few. Here’s some mathematical news bits and bobs from 2016 which we (and you!) may have not noticed.

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### Carnival of Mathematics #131

Welcome to the **131st** edition of the Carnival of Mathematics, a monthly blogging carnival which scoots its way round the internet, rounding up maths-related blog posts from the month of January.

### Not mentioned on the Aperiodical, 3/4/15

Here’s a round-up of some mathematical news from last month.

### CHENG!!!!!!

*This post popped into our news queue just before Christmas, and was forgotten about thanks to the seasonal good cheer. Well, it’s 2015 now, and our Nonsense Formula Disapprove-o-Matic is beeping angrily. We still can’t muster up enough enthusiasm to properly dig into this, so I’ve just tidied up the links I collected earlier on.*

Eugenia Cheng (of nonsense formulas *passim*) has “found” the formula for the perfect doughnut, for Domino’s Pizza. Coincidentally, they’ve recently started selling doughnuts.

Actually, “formula” should be in quotes as well – the “formula” she gives is, *drumroll…*

\[ \frac{(r-2)^2}{4(r-1)} \]

Note that that’s not a formula.

### Is this a nonsense formula for the perfect TV episode?

*Stardate November, 2014. These are the continuing adventures of the website The Aperiodical. Its mission: to explore the pages of strange newspapers, to catalogue nonsense formulas, to boldly disapprove of them in ways no blog has done before.*

What a joy it was to open my browser this morning and see this delicious headline waiting for me:

*(by the way, most of the links in this post contain Downton Abbey spoilers. You have been warned.)*

In a way, I’m beginning to like nonsense formula stories. You could say that

*me + nonsense formula x q = happiness x 2*

So, what’s going on this time? Who commissioned it, who sold their soul, and most important of all, **does the formula make the least jot of sense?**

### Oh, Stephen

“It is hugely complicated. In fact, compared to football I think Quantum Physics is relatively straightforward.”

– Professor Stephen Hawking

Even you, Stephen?

If you pick up basically any newspaper in Ireland or the UK today, you’ll probably find a story about Professor Stephen Hawking’s “formula for World Cup success”. At first glance, it doesn’t look good: The World’s Most Famous Scientist appears finally to have succumbed to the temptation of nonsense formula publicity.

### Toast Formula Update!

A press release from the Royal Society of Chemistry: Formula for the perfect cheese on toast revealed.

Oh dear.