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 (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) 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!
Ahmed discusses the history of the golden ratio and introduces metallic ratios.
Ayan tells us about the usefulness of complex numbers.
Bassil explains how infinity can have different sizes.
Benjamin defines numbers in irrational and complex number bases.
Birgit pens a love-note to her darling infinity.
Ethan discusses infinite series and the problem of dealing with infinity.
Georgie takes us on a journey through the magic of prime numbers.
Mirwais proves some mathematical theorems in number theory.
Sachin explores the many paradoxes of infinity.
Siddhartha presents an amateur mathematicians perspective on a famous problem.
Suraj tells a story to demonstrate the incredible power of mathematics.
Trevor presents two games where the golden ratio plays a crucial – yet unexpected – role.
Velian solves several interesting problems based on the irrationals.