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The moon falls to earth ...

A question from a Cambridge First Year Applied maths paper from the 60s. A malignant deity...
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Messing With Infinity

Although being a fundamental concept in pure mathematics, infinity is quite a challenging one to...
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Mathematics In The Financial World

In the past the Maths usage in Business and Finance was usually reduced to simple arithmetic...
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Maths and Physics: from a different angle

Maths as a language describes the natural world, to a large extent is very similar to English....

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  • Computational Spectral Theory: Part 1

    Dr Michael Strauss University Maths Tutor (Brighton) Picture Spectral theory is ubiquitous throughout the physical sciences and engineering. An early example of computational spectral theory can be found in Lord Rayleigh's 19th century calculations for the fundamental frequency of vibrating strings, beams, and plates. Rayleigh's computational technique...
  • Mathematics In The Financial World

    Ruslan University Maths Tutor (East Central London) Picture In the past the Maths usage in Business and Finance was usually reduced to simple arithmetic operations. The situation has changed dramatically since the beginning of 1970s when financial derivatives started to be actively traded on the market. These include options, swaps, futures of various...
  • Supreme amongst the laws of Physics

    Armin University Maths Tutor (Nottingham) Picture The law that entropy increases The Second Law of Thermodynamics holds, "I think, the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell's equations, then so much the worse for Maxwell's equations. If it is...

 

  • Messing With Infinity Editor's Pick

    PanosL University Maths Tutor (South East London) Picture Although being a fundamental concept in pure mathematics, infinity is quite a challenging one to get one’s head around. I do not aspire to an exhaustive discussion on the topic, but merely to illustrate some recurrent issues that arise when exploring themes where infinity creeps in. In this...
  • Is University Maths Right For Me?

    Dr Arjun Malhotra University Maths Tutor (Sutton) Picture The following is a short set of questions that students considering Mathematics at University might want to attempt. My hope is that they will give you a feel for the kind of basic Mathematical thinking required at university level. 1. We all know there is no largest number. Can you give a...
  • Choosing an Introductory Mathematics Textbook Editor's Pick

    University Maths Tutor (East London) Picture Starting the study of mathematics can be a daunting task even for the most determined of us. From my experience, the key to success is choosing proper textbooks to study from. A trip to the library or a bookstore will most likely be overwhelming for new students as there are a vast number of...