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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

This cartoon is good. Very Good. (FWIW, I definitely identify as a Pythagorean rather than a Trigonometric) It came from “The Saturday Paper”, an online Australian newspaper. Here is a link to the original cartoon, and the paper. And now we contrast it with something that is both bad and ugly. It is perhaps no […]

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Best Use of Maths award, 2019

Throughout 2019, maths has been used in a multitude of manners, and the world in which we live would be very different without the application of mathematics. But one use of the subject stands out above all others, and is worthy of a “Best Use of Maths 2019” award. The comedian – and now mathematical […]

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Financial Times – could do better

The above tweet [link] popped up in my twitter feed this morning, and it got me thinking. Not about whether or not Dominic Raab’s claims* were valid. No, I spent quite some time trying to figure out what that “graph” (info-graphic is probably a better term) was trying to say. I just couldn’t figure it […]

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Nick Gibb – a poor man’s George Osborne?

Back in 2014, I wrote “What a turnip” as the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, refused to answer the simple times table: “what is seven times eight?” Today it was the turn of the School’s Minister, Nick Gibb, who was on TV announcing his scheme for all eight and nine year old children […]

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Maths Fail #5

Ooops! A whole generation of youngsters could be scarred for life. Source   Related posts: Maths Fail Maths Fail #2 Maths Fail #3 Maths Fail #4

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