The mysterious abc conjecture is once again in the news. What is it? by Evelyn Lamb

Do You Know Your ABCs?

The mysterious abc conjecture is once again in the news. What is it?

by Evelyn Lamb via Scientific American


Meet Talitha Washington, an activist, mathematician, and professor – Chalkdust Magazine

In conversation with Talitha Washington

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“Talitha Washington is a professor of mathematics at Howard University who is passionate about improving ethnic minority access to STEM subjects in the USA. Talitha, whose name comes from the Biblical verse “Talitha cumi”, literally meaning “little girl, get up!”, introduces herself as an activist, a mathematician, and a professor.”

A Simple Visual Proof of a Powerful Idea – Ramsey’s Theorem by Kevin Hartnett

A Simple Visual Proof of a Powerful Idea

Ramsey’s theorem predicts a surprising (and useful) consistency in the organization of graphs. Here’s a simple visual proof of how it works.

By Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine


Imaginary Erdős Number – with Ron Graham on Numberphile



Paul Erdős: The Man Who Loved Only Numbers with Paul Hoffman


A Life in Games: John Conway – Siobhan Roberts

A Life in Games

“John Horton Conway claims to have never worked a day in his life. This adaptation from the biography Genius at Play shows how serious advances such as the surreal numbers can spring out of fun and games.”

By Siobhan Roberts, Quanta Magazine.


Carl Friedrich Gauss – In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg

Carl Friedrich Gauss

“Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Gauss (1777-1855), widely viewed as one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. He was a child prodigy, correcting his father’s accounts before he was 3, dumbfounding his teachers with the speed of his mental arithmetic, and gaining a wealthy patron who supported his education. He wrote on number theory when he was 21, with his Disquisitiones Arithmeticae, which has influenced developments since. Among his achievements, he was the first to work out how to make a 17-sided polygon, he predicted the orbit of the minor planet Ceres, rediscovering it, he found a way of sending signals along a wire, using electromagnetism, the first electromagnetic telegraph, and he advanced the understanding of parallel lines on curved surfaces.


Marcus du Sautoy
Professor of Mathematics and Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford

Colva Roney-Dougal
Reader in Pure Mathematics at the University of St Andrews


Nick Evans
Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Southampton”