Eccentric French maths genius's 'scribblings' go online

Nearly 18,000 pages of notes by eccentric French maths genius Alexandre Grothendieck were posted online Wednesday by his alma mater, Montpellier University in southern France. Grothendieck, who died aged 86 in 2014, “revolutionised an entire area of mathematics, algebraic geometry,” said Jean-Michel Marin, head of an institute that bears the mathematician’s name at the university.…

Did artists lead the way in mathematics?

Is there a geometry lesson hidden in ‘The Last Supper’? Credit: Wikimedia Commons Mathematics and art are generally viewed as very different disciplines – one devoted to abstract thought, the other to feeling. But sometimes the parallels between the two are uncanny. From Islamic tiling to the chaotic patterns of Jackson Pollock, we can see…

Nick Fieller obituary

My father, Nick Fieller, who has died aged 70, was a long-serving statistician at Sheffield University. He had followed in the footsteps of his father, Edgar, a pioneer in the same field, who had devised Fieller’s theorem. Nick focused on different issues, including multivariate analysis, matrix algebra and archeao-statistics (especially Egyptian). He was president of…