Issue 05 was released on 7 March 2017. Enjoy the articles online or scroll down to view the magazine as a PDF.
In conversation with Bernard SilvermanWe chat to the chief scientific advisor to the Home Office about the role of scientists and mathematicians in politics
Linear algebra… with diagramsRediscover linear algebra by playing with circuit diagrams
Debugging insect dynamicsExplain the strange dynamics of certain insects using game theory
Variations on Fermat: an agony in four fitsFermat's Last Theorem with complex powers, wrapped in a story every mathematician can relate to
Slide rules: the early calculatorsWhen slide rules used to rule... find out why they still do
The simplest difficult taskFactorisation is often used in cryptography. But there's something even simpler which turns out to be just as hard.
Origami tesseractFolding origami, building networks, making projections and multiple dimensions!
Florence Nightingale, statisticianWhat is the real story behind the lady with the lamp?
Roots: Mary SomervilleMary Somerville fights against social mores to become one of the leading mathematicians of her time.
On the cover: dragon curvesRead more about the fire-breathing curves that appear on the cover of issue 05
Prize crossnumber, Issue 05Win £100 of Maths Gear goodies by solving our famously fiendish crossnumber
What’s hot and what’s not, Issue 05Mathematical fashion advice for an ever-changing world
Dear Dirichlet, Issue 05Prof. Dirichlet tackles political arguments and werewolves in answering your personal problems
Comic: The Inverse Homotopy, part 4Part 4 of our mathematical comic's adventure
Puzzles, Issue 05Solve the puzzles that appeared in Issue 05.
Page 3 modelHow to model bread making!
Which mathematical object are you?Are you feeling ideal? In your prime? Discover your inner mathematical object (plus handy term explainer).
How to make: a slide ruleMake calculations easy with this simple-to-make slide rule
Top Ten: Parts of a circleThe definitive chart of the circle's greatest parts
Top ten vote issue 05Vote for your favourite geometry instrument
Puzzle Solutions, Issue 05The answers to the puzzles that appeared in issue 05
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