Maths and morbidity may at first seem unrelated. However, they share some surprising connections. Explore how maths has been used to predict one’s own death, how it is used in burial ceremonies and its connection to mathematical murderers.
Did you know there was a mathematician that murdered his family?
André Bloch. Image credit: mathshistory.st-andrews.ac.uk
Maths and Literature
Maths and literature may seem opposing disciplines, but they can complement each other enormously. Discover the mathematical conceptions framed in works of fiction and the analogies they create.
Did you know that maths was used to roast Victorian society?
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For thousands of years, maths has been used in innovative ways by cultures around the world. Learn about the mathematical secrets of the Inca and Roman Empires, ancient China, and more.
Did you know that in Egyptian hieroglyphics, symbols resembling a pair of legs were used to represent either addition or subtraction?
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Did you know that time zones were invented 800 years before railroads made them necessary?
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Women in Maths
Women have contributed greatly to the development of maths, despite facing many societal challenges. Explore the lives and work of famous female mathematicians and ground-breaking schemes for female mathematical education.
Did you know that Margaret Murray was the University of St Andrews’ first female graduate in mathematics and natural philosophy?
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Maths Epic Fails
Mistakes are common in maths, even for great mathematicians. Discover the errors and miscalculations of mathematicians throughout history.
Did you know that, Ptolemy, a mathematician famous for his wrong model?
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Did you know that a century Indian mathematician, made a silly mistake in his book Aryabhatiya where he defined the square incorrectly?
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St. Andrews Mathematics
St Andrews has been home to countless influential mathematicians and mathematical innovations. Explore notable St Andrews graduates, ground-breaking mathematical undertakings, and more.
Did you know that St Andrews mathematics graduate Jane Wadsworth was an important figure in the near eradication of HIV in the UK?
HIV virus (in red) when viewed under an electron microscope.
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Did you know that the University of St Andrews allowed women to study university-level mathematics long before they were admitted onto degree courses in Scotland?
Completed L.L.A. Certificate from 1902.
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Maths in Everyday Life
Mathematics plays an important, yet often unrecognised, role in our day-to-day lives. Learn how to spot mathematical constructs in Islamic art, discover the secrets of blackjack, and decipher the hidden codes which helped to end the Second World War.
Did you know that a man used cryptographic mathematics to help end WWII?
Statue of Alan Turing on display at Bletchley Park.
Image credit: ‘Photos of Turing and his World’, via Codebreaker.