Students from the School of Mathematics this week launched a new blog, The Axiom, which aims to make maths more accessible to a wider audience.
Supported by UEA’s School of Mathematics, the blogging site includes posts from students, graduates, faculty members and guest contributors to shed light on what mathematicians do, what graduates go on to do, as well as fun and engaging mathematical stories. The Axiom is edited by Davide Proment, Asaf Karagila and George Witty from the School of Mathematics.
George Witty, Lecturer and co-founder of The Axiom, said: “We are excited about the launch of The Axiom because it gives UEA students and staff a platform to discuss their own research and demonstrate how mathematics affects all sorts of things in the real world.
“The articles are easy to read and don't require the reader to understand lots of technical equations or algebra and will cover a wide range of topics. Mathematics can appear to be very abstract and the classic question people ask is: ‘But how do I use this in real life?’. By talking about topics that interest them, such as gameshows or politics, the writers are able to explain how maths can be found everywhere!”
The Axiom, which launched on Monday (14 June), already has its first instalment for its ‘Meet the Lecturers’ series – with Dr Helen Crowley from the School of Mathematics interviewed by second-year Mathematics student Leanne Rosner. Helen discusses her journey from student to lecturer at UEA (and how a bottle of champagne helped her along the way!) and answers a range of questions in the Quick Fire Round.
Ever wondered how unique a pack of playing cards really is? Georgia Price, second-year Mathematics student, demonstrates by linking her maths knowledge to science – and it’s probably much more than you think!
And how about whether maths could make you a winner? Emilia Hurrell, third-year Mathematics student, explores how mathematics can be applied to gameshows, and whether you could ever outsmart the producers.
If you would like to contribute to The Axiom, or have a question for one of the managing editors, complete the contact form and the team will be in touch.