(Under construction) Graph Theory is a branch of discrete mathematics sadly neglected in many curricula: it’s rare to find it in a high school syllabus and at some universities you can avoid it entirely and still get a major in mathematics: thus many students miss a chance to see exciting applications in computer science, business, …

## Category: Maths Topics

In lectures at NMSS, we certainly learn new maths. But we also learn a bit about some of the great men and women of mathematics. One such person is Archimedes. Archimedes lived in the third century BC in the city of Syracuse, in Ancient Greece. Archimedes (http://www.ballonflug.org/archimedes.htm. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons) …

Back in the third century BC, working out the volume of a sphere was no easy feat. But Archimedes managed to do it. He already knew how to find the volume of a cylinder, and the volume of a cone, and he knew how fulcrums work. Using only this, he worked out the volume of …

When I was a student at NMSS, one of the problems that we looked at was the museum guard problem. Basically, the problem is to work out how many guards you need so that everywhere in the museum is under observation. Obviously, the answer depends on the shape of the museum. I am going to consider …

Damjan was an NMSS student in 2000 and 2001, a tutor from 2003 to 2005 and a lecturer in 2013. He works as a statistician who helps geneticists overwhelmed by their data. Look at a list of country population sizes, or the frequency of words in today’s newspaper. If you take just the first digit, …

To think deeply of simple things. Arnold E. Ross The value of an education… is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks. Albert Einstein Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics and teaching mathematics. Siméon Poisson It is not …