The secret life of numbers….

Just an interesting article by Marcus du Sautoy for The Guardian, to inspire you for the holidays!

The secret life of numbers 2

It’s fascinating to think about the creative side of maths, and how it can inspire by seeing it in contexts such as art, music, poetry and drama!

“I am not an educationalist. I am a mathematician. But I know what turned me on to the subject. It was being shown what mathematics is really about. It was being exposed to the big stories, the Shakespeare of mathematics that inspired me.”

Marcus du Sautoy is professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford and Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science. He is author of The Music of the Primes and Finding Moonshine (both HarperPerennial)

I love these puzzles from the article:

5 puzzles for pupils

1 What’s the next number in this sequence: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13…

2 What are the chances that two people in the class have the same birthday?

3 Is there more than one infinity?

4 Primes go on for ever, but what’s the biggest prime so far discovered?

5 A one-dimensional line has two ends. A 2D square has 4 corners. A 3D cube has 8 corners. How many corners do you think a 4D cube has?

Look in the article for the answers!

A great link to The Guardian’s maths page:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/mathematics

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