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Any chemistry students struggling with their maths? Download this free book from bookboon.com.

“Advanced Maths for Chemists teaches Maths from a “chemical” perspective and is the third of a three part series of texts designed for a first-year university course. It is the Maths required by a Chemist, Chemical Engineer, Chemical Physicist, Molecular Biologist, Biochemist or Biologist. Tutorial questions with fully worked solutions are used and structured on a weekly basis to help the students to self-pace themselves. Coloured molecular structures, graphs and diagrams bring the text alive. Navigation between questions and their solutions is by page numbers for use with your PDF reader.”

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A report by Dame Janet Finch argues that there is a powerful “moral” case for publicly funded research to be freely available. BBC reporter Pallab Ghosh provides a good summary of where we are at the moment, and the cases for and against the expansion of free full-text access to publicly funded research.

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The life and achievements of Alan Turing – the mathematician, codebreaker, computer pioneer, artificial intelligence theoretician, and gay/cultural icon – are being celebrated to mark what would have been his 100th birthday on 23 June.

To mark the occasion the BBC has commissioned a series of essays to run across the week, starting with this overview of Turing’s legacy by Vint Cerf.

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Image of maths formulaTell the UK Centre for Bioscience about “the pluses and minuses of maths on my bioscience course” and you could win £300.  There are two prizes, one for undergraduates and one for postgraduates.

You can submit your entry as:

  • A leaflet – maximum 2 sides of A4.
  • A poster – maximum size A3.
  • A film / video – maximum 5 mins.
  • A podcast – maximum 5 mins.
  • A PowerPoint presentation – maximum 20 slides.
  • A written entry – maximum 1000 words.
  • An online submission – either a web page, a blog posting, a wiki or other social media contribution.

The closing date for entries is 8th April 2011.  You can find more information on the UK Centre for Bioscience Student Award website.

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mathcentre produce support materials to help students and lecturers with maths.  These include fact sheets on topics such as probabilitymechanics and general maths facts and formulae; practice and revision booklets and videos where you can watch a tutor working through key concepts in maths. 

The material is aimed at both people who are studying or teaching maths, and those who are using maths as part of another discipline – if you are studying a non-maths subject you can browse through the resources suitable for your subject.

If you would to obtain multiple copies of these leaflets, e.g., for giving out to a class of students, you should contact info@mathstore.ac.uk

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The American Mathematical Society produce a monthly digest, Math in the Media, which highlights maths stories in the popular press.  Magazine and newspaper articles are summarised in the digest, and links are provided to the full text. 

Math in the Media does have a strong US bias, but could be useful if you are looking for interesting articles to illustrate the practical application of maths, or explanations of mathematical concepts that are aimed at a general readership.

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ArXiv is a very large database of over 600,000 full text articles and reports about research in physics, mathematics and computing.  It is freely available on the internet and does not require a password or registration.

The full text articles in ArXiv have often been published in high quality peer-reviewed journals making it an excellent place to search for articles about physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.   (Many journals have open access policies, which permit authors to upload their articles into databases like ArXiv without breaching copyright laws.) 

ArXiv can be browsed by subject area or searched.  Other useful databases are available from the Science and Technology Resources page.

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With the Wimbledon Championships well underway here are some tennis-related science resources …

The Journal of Medicine and Science in Tennis publishes peer-reviewed research articles about tennis.  This is an open access journal and is freely available on the internet.

Rod Cross from the University of Sydney uses physics to explain why tennis raquets have sweet spots and dead spots, how to locate these on your own raquet, and which part of the raquet you should aim to use when serving.


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This 3-D model has just won the 2010 Best Illusion of the Year Contest

Created by Kokichi Sugihara of the Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences in Kawasaki, Japan, this illusion works because we assume that the supporting columns are vertical and that the centre column is tallest – if you watch the video to the end, the actual shape of the model will become clear.

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