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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Humanities and maths

Mathematics and humanities are often perceived as separate disciplines with distinct approaches to knowledge. However, there is great potential in integrating the humanities into mathematics education. By incorporating humanistic perspectives, values, and contexts into the teaching of mathematics, students can develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the subject.  Developing Critical Thinking Skills By integrating …

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From pyramids to skyscrapers: the evolution of mathematics in architecture 

Since the dawn of mankind, humans have sought to build structures that would protect them from the elements and other dangers. Over the centuries, the architecture has evolved from the pyramids and temples of ancient Egypt to modern skyscrapers and bridges.  During this evolution, mathematics played a vital role in the design and construction of …

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