Carnival Cake Cutting

In these days, in some parts of the world, we are coming out of the Carnival celebrations, often associated with typical sweets made specifically for this period. Some of these sweets are homogeneous, while others represent peculiarities, such as the presence of candied fruit or strawberries, or strong differences in structure depending on the portion …

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Women at the Heart of Science: Inspiring Stories and Contributions in STEM

In the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), women are often underrepresented, with several studies showing a significant gap in male/female representation in these professions. Indeed, progress has been made over the years to promote gender equality. Still, obstacles persist, such as gender stereotypes, lack of female role models and lack of support, …

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Mathematics in Art and Design: A Complex Tapestry of Patterns, Symmetry, and Proportion

The convergence of mathematics and art may appear to be the meeting of two distinct worlds: one governed by logic and precision, the other by emotion and imagination. However, closer inspection reveals a fundamental synergy between these disciplines-a link as old as humanity’s quest to express beauty, order, and significance in the visual world. Mathematics, …

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Traveling and Learning

We usually conceive group trips and excursions as moments of disconnection and leisure, but what if we combine the enriching experience of a good trip with learning mathematics? Through this article, you will discover how it is possible to make students enjoy themselves with their peers while practising their maths lessons. Mathematics isn’t boring, but …

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Number and Divine Proportion in the Arts: The relationship between mathematics and the fine arts    

Thousands of years ago in ancient Greece, the philosophers described the mathematical foundations of art: “No art is created without proportion, and proportion lies in number. So all art arises through number […] it is right to say: through number everything looks beautiful.”1 The mathematical speculations expressed the conviction that beauty is the highest divine …

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The importance of a good story

“In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” (Douglas Adams, 1980). Do we have your attention? Once upon a time, men and women decided to tell and then write stories to explain the world to the next generations. The …

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Treegonometry: The Math Behind the Perfect Christmas Tree

As the holiday season approaches, the quest for the perfect Christmas tree becomes an annual tradition for many. While the selection process often involves considerations of size, shape, and overall aesthetics, there is a surprising amount of mathematics involved in creating the ideal festive centrepiece. “Treegonometry” is a term coined to describe the mathematical principles …

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The importance of materials, construction techniques and mathematics in architecture: an evolution over the centuries

In this article, we will show that the discipline of architecture is based on a complex set of elements, which evolve over the centuries depending on materials, construction techniques and mathematics. To fully understand the history and evolution of architecture, it is essential to integrate these 3 fundamental components and to know the constraints linked …

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Golden ratio and art

What do the arrangements of the petals of a sunflower, the Parthenon, the Mona Lisa, and the shape of the galaxy have in common? The answer is this: the golden ratio. The golden or divine ratio is a system of proportions that structures a composition perfectly. In particular, the concept is based on dividing a …

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Discovering Cities Through the Fascinating Lens of Mathematics

Have you ever considered exploring a city not just through its landmarks and historical sites, but through the lens of mathematics? Imagine walking down the streets of a charming European city, discovering its hidden mathematical gems, and unravelling the beauty of its urban landscape using numbers, equations, patterns, and other mathematical elements. Welcome to the …

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