In light of my perpetual scramble to gather thoughts on what sort of career I'm aiming at post-university, I decided to have a crack at exploring what it means to be a teacher. In particular, a maths teacher. So for a week, the school which I devoted a precious third of my life to, saw … Continue reading A Word on Pretending to be a Maths Teacher

## A Word On Pi

Whilst venturing out along the darkened paths of the internet at midnight, I stumbled upon the following image (and not for the first time!). What caught my interest was not the somewhat flawed perception of π, but the attempt of explaining why that view is a little wrong. Here, have a read: "Mathbusters to the rescue! This really cool … Continue reading A Word On Pi

## My Take On “Letters To A Young Mathematician”

Written by Warwick's own Ian Stewart for a young mathematician like myself, "Letters To A Young Mathematician" almost felt like an obligatory read. The title of this series of fictional letters to an imaginary Meg (or should I say... complex?) practically screamed at me to read its contents! Having now read this though, and despite … Continue reading My Take On “Letters To A Young Mathematician”

## Julia Robinson and Hilbert’s Tenth Problem

At the turn of the 20th century, David Hilbert, a mathematician of German descent, published a most influential list of 23 problems which would capture the minds of many mathematical minds throughout the next 100 years and beyond. The tenth of these problems asked: "Does there exist an algorithm to determine whether a given Diophantine … Continue reading Julia Robinson and Hilbert’s Tenth Problem

## My take on ‘A Mathematician’s Apology’…

Until relatively recently, I possessed a commonplace view of mathematics as being a subject that is simply a tool for other subjects. It saddens me now, that for all the comparison to creative arts that pure maths can be, we very often just focus on its applications rather than the existence of patterns and I … Continue reading My take on ‘A Mathematician’s Apology’…