# Category Archives: Mathematics

# What are binary numbers?

James May asks “What are binary numbers, and why does my computer need them? Read More ›

# One minus one plus one minus one

Discussing the brain-bending Grandi’s Series and Thomson’s Lamp – featuring Dr James Grime. Read More ›

# Interesting way that nature does Maths

Why do cicadas emerge every 17 years – featuring Steve Mould. Read More ›

# Is it Math or Maths?

An emotional subject for some – we ask a linguist about Math (US-style) and Maths (British-style). Read More ›

# Transcendental Numbers

Discussing transendental numbers, algebraic numbers, pi, e and other stuff. Numbers like e and Pi cannot be made... Read More ›

# 0! Zero Factorial

0! = 1 Dr James Grime tries to explain why this is the case. Regarding the equation at the... Read More ›

# Is Math a feature of the Universe or a feature of Human Creation?

Math is invisible. Unlike physics, chemistry, and biology we can’t see it, smell it, or even directly observe... Read More ›

# Top 10 challenging puzzles that can win you big money if you solve them

With all the problems in the world, there should be at least a few where you can get... Read More ›

# Number Trick

Just a quick number trick with Dr James Grime. Read More ›

# What colour is 27?

More on number/color synesthesia, including your questions for with Alex Dainis. Read More ›

# Gaps between Primes

An exciting paper about gaps between prime numbers – a step closer to proving the twin prime conjecture.... Read More ›

# Why 381,654,729 is awesome?

Discussing pandigital numbers with Dr James Grime (and a special guest). Read More ›

# Math jokes explained

Some of your favourite maths jokes are dissected in forensic fashion. Read More ›

# Base number jokes explained

Not all jokes are in base 10… Read More ›