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More Mathematical Weirdness

What’s your favourite? Photo by Claudecf This week’s New Scientist tipped me off that I’d missed an important press release. Prof. Dan Everett at the University of Manchester has press release that I missed. He has a paper out in the new edition of...

What came first Addition or Multiplication?

Maths is fascinating. These days we see it as value-free beyond social concepts. I could write a number like 46587612165684612, but even if that number has never been written before in history people would think it odd for me to claim I invented it. In western thought...