Tag Archive: Mathematics

Surfaces 2: Algebraic Surfaces

Some exploration of algebraic surfaces and how to design them.

Unscheduled Post: Faster than the speed of wind

Terence Tao has a beautiful analysis of sailing, in particular: One of the more unintuitive facts about sailing is that it is possible to harness the power of the wind to sail in a direction against that… Continue reading

Surfaces 1: The ooze of the past

Curves and surfaces are a wonderful visual representation of mathematics. They can move from the simple and profound to the complex and intriguing. They have even been accused of being part of a sinister plot. In addition the mathematics behind them is becoming increasingly useful in many areas, algebraic statistics for example.


Finally a new mathematics post!.   I have been holding out on commenting on the fascinating polymath project for a while, even though it touches on my central topics of maths and communication.… Continue reading

The latest maths carnival…

here. Apologies for the lack of posts recently I hope to resume service soon.

The search for the truth can never stop.

This is a first obituary (of a sort) for these writings.  I do not think I would have predicted that this would be a playwright, not a mathematician.  This might seem a little… Continue reading


A short, and late post this week, general chaos in my life is to blame.  Unfortunately the busy sort, not the simply disorganised sort.   In my previous post I talked about strengthening… Continue reading

Responsibility of Mathematicians

This week, my apologies, the post is a little late.  However I have an excuse!  I wanted to put the piece below out, but wanted to make sure that it had been published… Continue reading

How to improve your talks

There is one thing that can improve any talk.  From the most brilliant piece of oratory to the dullest seminar.  It is not even hard to achieve, and requires very little skill, just… Continue reading

Book Review: Mathematics a Very Long Introduction

I recently received my copy of the wonderful The Princeton Companion to Mathematics.  In the title of this piece, I could not help making the obvious joke, as the editor Tim Gowers also… Continue reading

Carnival of Mathematics #44

44th Carnival of Mathematics, a feast of maths blog links.

About my art

This piece was originally written for a poster on my art work (shown below).  It had to be shortened, partly as a poster can only have so much text and partly as the… Continue reading