Maths in Everyday Life


An image showing a black stone statue of Alan Turing working with an enigma machine.
Statue of Alan Turing on display at Bletchley Park. 
Image credit: ‘Photos of Turing and his World’, via Codebreaker.

The Mathematician Who Ended a War: Alan Turing’s Enigma Breakthrough

Did you know that a man used cryptographic mathematics to help end WWII?


An image showing elaborately decorated brown stone arches within Ibn Tulun Mosque.
Arches of the Ibn Tulun Mosque.
Image credit: Michael Huniewicz, CC-BY-SA-4.0 DEED via Wikimedia Commons.

Sustainable Design: Islamic Geometric Patterns

Did you know that geometric patterns are a defining characteristic of Islamic art and architecture, gracing mosques, palaces, decorative art, and even furniture?


An image showing a blue casino table with playing chips on top. A dealer is distributing chips to players and other tables are visible in the background.
Casino table and chips.
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Mastering the Maths: The Secret to Beating Blackjack

Did you know that the gambling industry is built on rudimentary mathematics?


A black and white portrait showing Kenneth Arrow. He is wearing a suit and tie, glasses, and is smiling.
Kenneth Arrow.
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Kenneth Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem in Social Choice Theory

Did you know that maths has the power to make voting and democracy fairer? 


One of Wilson A Bentley’s first pictures of a snowflake.
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Snowflakes and the Art of Mathematical Repetition

Did you know that maths is behind the beauty of snowflakes? 


A portrait of Blaise Pascal. He has long brown hair and pale skin. He is wearing a white shirt with a large collar and a jacket on top.
Portrait of Blaise Pascal by François II Quesnel.
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Blaise Pascal and the World’s First Mechanical Calculator

Did you know that the mechanical calculator was invented by a 17th century French philosopher?


Dancefloor.
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Dancefloor Equations: Fourier’s Mathematical Echo in Electronic Music 

Did you know that any sound can be analysed by a 19th century equation?


Correggio: “Assumption of the Virgin”, Fresco, Cupola of Parma Cathedral.
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How and Why Mathematics Transformed Art

Did you know that you can find mathematics hidden in many works of art?


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