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2009c.00063
McBride, A.
Mathematics: the greatest subject in the world.
Math. Gaz. 89, No. 516, 354364 (2005).
2005
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge; Mathematical Association (MA), Leicester
EN
A90
F60
G90
K30
contemporary mathematics
Fermat's last theorem
sphere packing
magic squares
cryptography
fourcolours theorem
This article is based on the presidential address earlier in the year, with the key words of enthusiasm and challenge. It starts with mentioning key advances in mathematics over the last thirty years, including the fourcolours theorem, Fermat's last theorem and spherepacking. It goes on to discuss other problems which are accessible at school level, including magic squares and cryptography.
R. Kapadia (London)