Teddy Rocks Maths Essay Competition: Numbers

The penultimate group of essays from the Teddy Rocks Maths Competition investigate one of the cornerstones of maths – numbers. The competition was organised with St Edmund Hall at the University of Oxford and offers a cash prize plus publication on the university website. It will be running again in early 2021 so be sure to follow Tom (InstagramTwitterFacebookYouTube) to make sure you don’t miss the announcement!

All essays can be read in full (as submitted) by clicking on the title below. If you enjoy any of them please let the author know by leaving a comment!

Why the golden ratio isn’t so golden

Ahmed discusses the history of the golden ratio and introduces metallic ratios. 

Complex Numbers

Ayan tells us about the usefulness of complex numbers.

Define Infinity

Bassil explains how infinity can have different sizes. 

Complex Number Bases

Benjamin defines numbers in irrational and complex number bases. 

Loveletter to Infinity

Birgit pens a love-note to her darling infinity.

To Infinity and Beyond

Ethan discusses infinite series and the problem of dealing with infinity. 

The Mystery of Prime Numbers

Georgie takes us on a journey through the magic of prime numbers. 

Euler’s Totient Function and Near-Square Primes

Mirwais proves some mathematical theorems in number theory. 

The Concept of Infinity

Sachin explores the many paradoxes of infinity. 

Journey of an Amateur

Siddhartha presents an amateur mathematicians perspective on a famous problem. 

An Inquiry Concerning Mathematics

Suraj tells a story to demonstrate the incredible power of mathematics. 

Two opposite games involving golden ratio

Trevor presents two games where the golden ratio plays a crucial – yet unexpected – role. 

Interesting Insights into the Irrationals

Velian solves several interesting problems based on the irrationals. 

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