Where in the world? The mathematics of navigation
In the eighteenth century sailors died without mathematics. For thousands of seafarers their lives depended on safe navigation at sea. Where in the world were you? The answer lay in the stars—and in mathematics.
Mathematics and aviation: the Handley Page ‘Gugnunc’
Without mathematics the dream of flight for the masses would have come crashing down to Earth.
How does the economy work?
How a machine controlling the flow of water could model the economy
Florence Nightingale: the pioneer statistician
A revolutionary diagram which changed the presentation of statistics from tables to graphs
Modelling the oceans
How scientists developed an understanding of the intricate interplay between gravity, weather and the shape of the oceans to better predict storm surges
The power of computers
It is hard to imagine a world without computers, they are found in every part of our lives. It seems as if they can do anything—but how did we get to this?
Marvellous machines: early robots
Science Fiction and Robots
The world runs on time
Standardising time: how the railways synchronised our lives