Tag: Mathematics

Purple cardigan
A British mathematican at Imperial College London has won a mathematics prize worth £2.3 million. I had no idea there was this much money in maths. I’ve told Ben he needs to start proving more theorems. Covid19 is on the rise again in the UK which means we need to be more careful than ever […]

Insufferable mathematicians
Elizabeth had some homework this week which involved asking a member of her family to write some random numbers between 0 and 1,000 on a piece of paper for her to put in the correct numerical order. She asked her father and this is what he gave her: 869, 17, 3.5, 29, 19, 437, 832, […]

A mathematician’s clock
Our new clock arrived to replace the one I broke. I really like it. I love that every number is a three. Three is a prime number too and primes are the best.

A mathematician’s clock
I accidentally broke Ben’s clock. I knocked it off the wall, thinking I was reaching for the light switch, and it fell on the floor and broke. We love Ben’s clock. It was a gift from his sister and always entertains visitors to our house. Ben and I spent a bit of time yesterday afternoon finding […]

The Imitation Game
I just watched this movie for the second time and it was just as fantastic as the first. We watched it with Daniel and he really enjoyed it and indeed I think it’s a good movie to get kids interested in mathematics. Alan Turing was a mathematician and a war hero. He broke Enigma, the German cryptography machine, and […]

Proving theorems
It was school holidays last week while I was in Utah and Ben had to juggle looking after the kids with work. One day he took them into the department and took this photo of Elizabeth drawing on the blackboard. It’s so great. I love how she’s this tiny head at the bottom and she’s drawing […]

What not to say to a mathematician at a party
Whenever Ben tells a stranger at a party he’s a mathematician the response is usually something like, “I hated maths at school”. It’s a very common response but if you changed the word “maths” to something else it’s also a very odd response. Imagine telling someone you’re a florist and they respond with, “I hate […]

Platonic solids
Last night, just as I was about to hop into bed, I was forced to endure a lesson on platonic solids. And no, unfortunately platonic solids have nothing to do with sex or lack of. They’re far less exciting. This is one of the sideeffects of being married to a mathematician: I get lessons. He’s […]

Voting, blogging, times tables, and Aberdeen
Apparently we can vote here. Amazing. I was under the impression that we couldn’t vote since we don’t have permanent residency but it seems I was wrong. When I arrived back from Barcelona in early January, I caught a taxi home from the airport and the taxi driver was talking to me about voting. I told him […]

Congratulations to Ben!
A big congratulations to my husband today who won the New Zealand Mathematical Society research award for 2012. He won jointly with another mathematician from Auckland, Tom ter Elst. Here’s a photo of father and daughter: