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An Introduction to Magic Squares

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Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!

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St Ives

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As I was going to St Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks, every sack had seven cats, every cat had seven kittens. Kittens, cats, sacks and wives, how many were going to St. . . .

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Keeping it Safe and Quiet

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Simon Singh describes PKC, its origins, and why the science of code making and breaking is such a secret occupation.

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Ishango Bone

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Can you decode the mysterious markings on this ancient bone tool?

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From A Random World to a Rational Universe

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In the time before the mathematical idea of randomness was discovered, people thought that everything that happened was part of the will of supernatural beings. So have things changed?

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A Brief History of Time Measurement

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Noticing the regular movement of the Sun and the stars has led to a desire to measure time. This article for teachers and learners looks at the history of man's need to measure things.

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History of Morse

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This short article gives an outline of the origins of Morse code and its inventor and how the frequency of letters is reflected in the code they were given.

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The Secret World of Codes and Code Breaking

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When you think of spies and secret agents, you probably wouldn’t think of mathematics. Some of the most famous code breakers in history have been mathematicians.

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Maths in the Victorian Classroom

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What was it like to learn maths at school in the Victorian period? We visited the British Schools Museum in Hitchin to find out.

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Circles, Circles Everywhere

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This article for pupils gives some examples of how circles have featured in people's lives for centuries.