Posted in graphs

I teach students from a wide range of backgrounds -- from kids who do part-time jobs to earn enough for their tuition money, to kids whose parents run banks, from the shyest and most introverted teenagers, to students so brash they sign autographs. Some of them can barely count, while

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Posted in ninja lives

This is a guest post by Tom Briggs of The Actual Maths and Blogstronomy. I have a soft spot for Benoit B Mandelbrot* because I saw a display about his work at St Andrews while I was waiting for an interview there and got fascinated by the digital sundial one

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Posted in silly questions amnesty

Got something that's bugging you about maths? Post it below for a no-names-no-packdrill reply. It doesn't matter how silly. If you've forgotten what number comes after two, I'll help.

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Posted in decision maths, modelling, probability

(This piece is based on a paper I read recently... but I can't find a reference for it. If you know which paper I mean, please let me know and I'll update.) There's a reason tennis knockout draws are seeded. I'll get to why in a moment. But first, let's

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Posted in ninja maths

(1452-1519. Leonardo was born just before the War of the Roses, and was about 40 when Columbus sailed to the Americas. He died not long after the start of the Reformation.) I bet you've heard of Leonardo. Perhaps you've been to see the Mona Lisa, maybe you've read the Da

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Posted in silly questions amnesty

Got something that's bugging you about maths? Post it below for a no-names-no-packdrill reply. It doesn't matter how silly. If you've forgotten what number comes after two, I'll help.

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Posted in ranting

Oh lookit! Another rant a-coming! As always, let me be clear: when I attack maths education, it is absolutely not an attack on teachers. I'm not a teacher because it's a ludicrously difficult job and I don't fancy it. When I attack maths education, it's entirely about the curriculum and

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