Solve it did you? Speak Yoda how to

Earlier today I set you the following puzzle about the peculiar grammar of Yoda, Star Wars’ pointy-eared Jedi master. Yoda inverts pairs of phrases before speaking. If Yoda says “Believe you I don’t”, we know what he means is “I don’t believe you.” Here’s a way to mark up a Yoda sentence to recover its…

Solve it can you? Speak Yoda how to

Today the British linguistics community is launching a campaign to make language analysis – the study of patterns in language – part of mainstream school education. To celebrate this campaign, about which more below, here’s a puzzle about Yoda, the cuddly Star Wars Jedi Master. Ready are you? Unless you’ve been hiding in a galaxy…

Rosamund Sutherland obituary

My friend and colleague Rosamund Sutherland, who has died aged 72, was an internationally acclaimed professor of mathematics education. She was a pioneer in demonstrating how students’ learning in school can surpass expectations with the support of expert teachers and digital technology. She piloted new ways in which institutions can, through cooperation, begin to overcome…

Simon Norton obituary

Simon Norton, who has died of a heart attack aged 66, was a world-class mathematician sometimes mistaken for a homeless man. In the late 1960s he represented Britain at the International Mathematical Olympiads three times, scoring the top grade each time, once with 100%, another time with 99%, and winning a special prize for the…