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In conversation with Bernard Silverman

It’s been said that a degree in mathematics opens many doors, but to many this might seem a slight exaggeration. Bernard Silverman, however, is an excellent example of a mathematics graduate who has indeed done it all. Silverman is currently the chief scientific advisor to the Home Office, a statistician, and an Anglican priest. These are just a few examples of his many achievements, starting from the gold medal he won at the 1970 International Mathematics Olympiad—the only person to do so from the western side of the iron curtain—at the beginning of his mathematical career. He went on to read mathematics at university, and eventually obtained a PhD in data analysis in 1977. “I was always interested in maths, but as time went on I became keen on doing it in a way that has applications in different things, and that is what drew me to statistics.” He jokingly adds that he felt he was never good enough to be a pure mathematician. In the course of our conversation with him, he took us on a journey through the diverse areas in which he has applied his statistical approach. Continue reading

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The limit does not exist!

What’s more fetch than toaster strüdel, foot cream in a jar and a fertility vase from the Ndebele tribe? Arguably maths. More specifically, the mathematics of Mean Girls. If you haven’t seen Mean Girls, it’s a not-too-bad movie about teenage girls, teenage boys, teenage drama, and (a little bit of) maths.

Stop trying to make fetch happen. It’s not going to happen.


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Christmaths carols I

This post was part of the Chalkdust 2016 Advent Calendar.

Welcome to the 4th day of the 2016 Chalkdust Advent Calendar.

Carols! (Nearly) Everybody loves carols, but admittedly we do get tired of hearing the same lyrics over and over again each year. So on the fourth day, we bring you not two, not three but zero calling birds! Instead here is the first of a few Chistmaths carols we’ll be featuring in this year’s calendar that would definitely spice up any party.

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