The Flying Colours Maths Blog: Latest posts

The Lives of the Mathematical Ninja: Paul Erdős

(1913-1996. Erdős was born just before the outbreak of World War I and died shortly before Google was launched. I gather his surname is pronounced "air-dish".) Just about the polar opposite of Leonardo in terms of attitude was Paul Erdős, quite possibly the most prolific mathematician of all time. Erdős subsisted largely on

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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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Five things Mo Farah can teach you about maths (and other things too)

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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The Lives of the Mathematical Ninja: Student

(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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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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Five ways to stop feeling self-conscious about drawing 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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The Lives of the Mathematical Ninjas: Benoit B Mandelbrot

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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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.

Read More

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