Maths is hard: many people find it inscrutable and have negative attitudes towards maths. They may have bad memories of school maths or have been told they lack mathematical talents. This is unfortunate: we all have the capacity to apply reasoning and logic and we can all do maths. Given the vital role mathematics plays in modern society, there is an urgent need to help young people to become more numerate and comfortable with mathematics. With a wealth of online resources, learning maths has never been easier. [TM125 or search for “thatsmaths” at irishtimes.com].

## Posts Tagged 'Education'

### Learning Maths has never been Easier

Published October 19, 2017 Irish Times Leave a CommentTags: Education, Ireland, Recreational Maths

### When Roughly Right is Good Enough

Published May 4, 2017 Irish Times Leave a CommentTags: Algorithms, Education

How high is Liberty Hall? How fast does human hair grow? How many A4 sheets of paper would cover Ireland? How many people in the world are talking on their mobile phones right now? These questions seem impossible to answer but, using basic knowledge and simple logic, we can make a good guess at the answers. For example, Liberty Hall has about 16 floors. With 4 metres per floor we get a height of 64 metres, close enough to the actual height. Problems of this nature are known as Fermi problems. [TM114 or search for “thatsmaths” at irishtimes.com].

### Computers Speaking in Irish

Published July 21, 2016 Irish Times Leave a CommentTags: Computer Science, Education, Ireland

Most of us use computer terminals, tablets and smart phones, absorbing information quickly and easily. How do the many thousands of Irish people who are blind or visually impaired manage to interact with computers? For them, entering data by keyboard or voice is easy, but special software is needed to convert the text on screen into a form for output to a loudspeaker or headphones, or to drive a refreshable Braille display [TM095, or search for “thatsmaths” at irishtimes.com].

### You Can Do Maths

Published March 19, 2015 Irish Times Leave a CommentTags: Applied Maths, Arithmetic, Education, Maps, Social attitudes

Bragging about mathematical ineptitude is not cool. There is nothing admirable about ignorance and incompetence. Moreover, everyone thinks mathematically all the time, even if they are not aware of it. Can we all do maths? Yes, we can! [See this week’s *That’s Maths* column (TM064) or search for “thatsmaths” at irishtimes.com].

### Euclid in Technicolor

Published February 20, 2014 Irish Times 1 CommentTags: Education, Geometry, History, Ireland

The article in this week’s *That’s Maths* column in the* Irish Times* ( TM039 ) is about Oliver Byrne’s amazing technicolor *Elements of Euclid,* recently re-published by Taschen.

This week’s *That’s Maths* in *The Irish Times* ( TM028 ) is all about Maths Week, a major event in the calender of mathematics in Ireland. Over the coming weeks information and announcements about the event will appear on the website for the event (click the logo below):

That’s Maths in the *Irish Times* this week ( TM025 ) is about the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), which takes place in Santa Marta, Columbia next week.

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