@DrBennison (Tom Bennison in real life) recently posted about his mathematical journey and wondered what other people's looked like. Happy to oblige. I almost didn't study maths at university. Most subject teachers are thrilled when you suggest you might study their speciality, but I was extraordinarily fortunate that when I

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Posted in basic maths skills, history, mathematical style, ranting.

A guest post, today, from someone who's almost as angry as the Mathematical Ninja. Bletchley Park's Education Officer Tom Briggs is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it any more. I'm not a maths teacher any more1 but I still find myself having those same old conversations...

Read More →This is one of my least-favourite questions about maths. It's a question on the level of "Is Mo Farah the world's greatest athlete ever?" - to some people, the answer is clearly yes, and to others, just as clearly no (Bubka? Beamon? Lewis? Gebrselassie1 ?) and there's no real way

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Posted in history.

In my 'best-selling((Most-given-away would be more accurate)) book n Mathematical Quotations (Where n ~ 100), my favourite joke is: “Maths is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper.” — David Hilbert (1862-1943), infinite hotelier, mathematical revolutionary, native of Königsberg with 23 problems (but a

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