Monday Maths: Extreme Probabilities

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 to hear, I’m sure, that the probability of someone doing … Continue reading Monday Maths: Extreme Probabilities

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 a war.  Most people aren’t sure which war, when or … Continue reading Monday Maths: Mathematical (Role) Models, Part 4

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 those who don’t. Q. How can you prove that a … Continue reading Monday Maths: Mathematical Jokes

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 she was named after the famous one.  For reasons of … Continue reading Monday Maths: Mathematical (Role) Models Part 3

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 maths and mathematical education, by the same person, way back … Continue reading Monday Maths: Mathematical (Role) Models Part 2