Archive for the ‘Maths’ Category

Amazing data representation

Lots of data can be daunting – how do we know quickly and easily what it all means? Technology is helping us to explore the vast quantities of information we now collect. There are many technologies to choose from – from the humble graphic calculator or spreadsheet, all the way to inputting data into open […]

Croatian Scientists’ special celebration of Mathematics of Planet Earth year

While many universities, higher institutions of research and other organizations the world over have collectively embarked on the preparations of celebrating 2013 as an important year for the Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE), scientists from Croatia have come up with a strategic project that will see awareness of such an important year raised efficiently. A […]

All about involvement of math in architecture

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So you want to build a house, or a structure (say a theater), how do you go on about it? Other than acquiring the raw materials like cement, wood and steel you hire an architect to design the blueprint of the structure. This blueprint is the very thing that defines all about how you live which […]

Everything in its right place

Do you own a dog? Do you ride a bike to school? Do you have black hair? Each of these questions divides people into two groups – you either have a dog, or you don’t. And if you had a large circle drawn on the ground, all the dog owners in your class could stand […]

A prime problem

In 1742, a mathematician named Christian Goldbach wrote a letter to his friend Leonhard Euler. In the letter, he discussed something he thought was true, but couldn’t prove. The statement was quite simple: every even number can be written as the sum of two primes. Leonhard wrote back saying that although he also couldn’t prove […]

Taking a sample

When finding out about a population, it isn’t always practical to survey everyone – instead, a sample is usually taken. To help make a confident predictions about the total population, samples need to be randomly selected and large enough to represent everyone. A sample that isn’t random can lead to biased results which are unreliable […]