Posted in exam technique, game theory, in praise of..., ranting, sport.

OK, I'll admit it. I have a bit of a man-crush on Mo Farah. However, I'm going to sully the purity of my man-love for super-Mo by cashing in on his success with a list post. 1. Train hard, race easy After his victory in the Olympic 5,000 metres final,

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Posted in ninja maths.

(Pen name of William Sealy Gosset, 1876-1937. Gosset was born a few months after Bell invented the telephone, and died while the Spanish Civil War was going on.) Student is one of my favourite mathematicians - although I'm not a big fan of the hand-calculation of the t-test statistics teachers

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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 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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