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Winning at maths News

by David, 23 August 2018 | 0 comments

A gold disc or medal with a bearded man's portrait.

Time to celebrate! For only the second time ever, an Australian has won the most famous prize in mathematics – the Fields Medal. Let’s take a moment to celebrate the achievements of the winner, Akshay Venkatesh.

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Hanging by a thread Activity

by David, 27 November 2017 | 0 comments

a picture hanging from two pins

You’ll find yourself going a little loopy with this puzzle, but it’s worth unravelling the secret.

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Super strong pencil Activity

by David, 4 January 2017 | 0 comments

In this trick, you’ll wrap a shoelace around a pencil and a strip of cardboard. The string seems to pass straight through both, tearing the cardboard, but leaving the pencil untouched! You will need Pencil 2 rubber bands Thin cardboard Scissors Shoelace Some friends to impress

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Clever counting keeps fusion firing News

by David, 14 August 2014 | 1 comments

A twisty pink loop is contined within shiny rings.

The Australian National University recently renovated their fusion reactor. This magnetic marvel harnesses immense pressures and temperatures to replicate the reactions that power our Sun. And there’s a lot of maths that helps to keep the reactions going! A fusion donut Fusion reactors use hydrogen as fuel. Under intense heat and pressure, the electrons leave…

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Torus maze Activity

by David, 12 August 2014 | 0 comments

Someone has drawn a line to a square marked finish.

You’ve seen mazes on paper, you may even have explored big mazes on foot. But this maze has a geometric twist – it’s on the surface of a donut. This is a torus maze!

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Connection conniption! Activity

by David, 2 July 2013 | 0 comments

Three factories drawn on a white mug.

Do you have a favourite mug? This is my favourite. Not only does it hold my hot chocolate, it has a wicked tricky puzzle on it!

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Möbius zipper Activity

by David, 12 March 2013 | 0 comments

You may have heard of a mysterious mathematical shape with only one side called the Mobius strip. You can make your own, with a zipper, needle and thread!

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