I don't want to alarm you, but I blew up the Gherkin* today. Wait - don't call the police just yet. It wasn't really real. I've been doing some catastrophe modelling at work. It's pretty interesting stuff, really. I get to see what the impacts of all sorts of unlikely events are. You'll be happy... Continue Reading →

# Monday Maths: Graphical Fun

As promised, this week I'm going to see if I can make the results of last week's survey a little more fun than just a list of numbers. The Survey I should point out at this point that my sample size is not huge. Although, considering my number of followers, I've got a reasonable conversion... Continue Reading →

# Monday Maths: Surveys

One of the things that Brownies can choose to do for their "Number Fun" badge is: Carry out a survey of at least 20 people and share the results with the tester. The survey must include at least five questions. We quite often use this one on Brownie Holidays as a way of gathering feedback... Continue Reading →

# Monday Maths: Mathematical (Role) Models, Part 4

Today we're looking at someone who is famous, and was a mathematician, but is not famous for being a mathematician. Florence Nightingale. I'm always entertained by what "everyone knows" about famous people. In this case, "everyone knows" that Florence Nightingale was a nurse, and was famous for being a nurse and looking after people during... Continue Reading →

# Monday Maths: Mathematical Jokes

Who says mathematicians have no sense of humour? Here are a selection of my favourite maths and number-related jokes. Read at your own risk. There are three types of people in the world. Those who can count, and those who can't. There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary, and... Continue Reading →

# Monday Maths: Mathematical (Role) Models Part 3

Today's mathematical role model is a woman I can really respect. She wanted a career in a particular field, and was told that only men could do that. So she went out and snuck in the back door, and ended up saving lives while doing it. Her name was Florence Nightingale David. (Not related, although... Continue Reading →

# Monday Maths: Mathematical (Role) Models Part 2

I am not the first person to claim that maths can be fun. Just to clarify, nobody has actually claimed that I was. Recently, anyway. I'm not even the first person to write about it. Philosophy and Fun of Algebra, Logic Taught by Love, and Miss Education and Her Garden are all books written about... Continue Reading →

# Monday Maths: Pancake Numbers

You may think that I'm making this up. I promise I'm not. Pancake Numbers are real. Imagine you have a stack of pancakes, of different sizes. You want to arrange them with the largest at the bottom and the smallest at the top. You have a spatula, which you are allowed to insert anywhere in... Continue Reading →

# Monday Maths: Mathematical (Role) Models

In the world of STEM (that's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) there is a terrible lack of role models for girls. Who is there to encourage us, to remind us that it's not just for boys? Enter Ada Lovelace. Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, to be more accurate, although nearly everyone calls her Ada... Continue Reading →