Life and Style

Johanes Kepler, who was born on 27 December 1771, was born near Stuttgart and made his foray into astronomy after he worked as a maths teacher in Graz, Austria - where he became an associate of Prince Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg.

Julian Bigelow

Computer engineer

Ariel Rubinstein: The logic of beauty is all in this mind

From a speech by the Professor of Economics at Tel Aviv University, given at the London School of Economics

Mahesh Reddy: It takes imagination to be an engineer

From a speech by the Boeing aerospace engineer to a Nasa conference in California

Sanctions to follow eligibility inquiry

International Board prepare to take a hard line over 'grannygate'

The unfinished symmetry

Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis (Faber & Faber, £9.99, 209pp)

Education Letter: Make teaching attractive

Maureen O'Connor identifies many of the reasons why fewer graduates are attracted to teaching. ("Where have all the teachers gone?" EDUCATION, 2 December).

Mathematical Notes: Zero tolerance and Saracen magic

MATHEMATICIANS HAVE kept the secret to themselves for too long. Theirs is the most beautiful of the arts, and the most accessible, yet bad teaching has made it seem boring at best and more often frightening. How many of us still break out in a cold sweat at the mere sight of an equation?

Leading Article: Ask a silly question

THE ORGANISERS of the National Identity Zone for the Millennium Dome at Greenwich had a problem: precisely what in the world is our British identity? Inevitably, they sought to answer it in typical Nineties fashion - by consulting a focus group. The twist is that their focus group was a rather large one, consisting of 30,000 people. These monitors of our times were asked to name a "person or a thing" which, in their considered view, represented Britishness.

Letter: Role model

Sir: As a mathematician, I applaud David Blunkett's new initiative - using the example of the Bletchley Park codebreakers to motivate school pupils in their mathematical studies, by showing them how mathematical ideas can have the power to change history. I also share Mr Blunkett's evident regard for Alan Turing and his work at Bletchley.

Net Gains: Mad math comics/cc27.html

There are three kinds of mathematicians: those who can count and those who can't. All kinds of sub-cultures flourish on the Web and the world of maths humour is one of its odder blooms.

Education: Working it out together

If children are taught simple numbers while they are in their high chairs, their school maths benefits.

Award for biography of mathematician bigrap

A BIOGRAPHY of a charismatic and eccentric mathematician who lived out of two suitcases for much of his life has won the most prestigious prize in science book publishing.

Enigma code breakers' centre to be a computer theme park

THE CRYPTOLOGISTS who pored over Nazi Enigma codes there may blanch at the prospect but Bletchley Park, the government intelligence centre where their work is said to have shortened the Second World War, seems likely to become a computer technology theme park.

The secret of genius is very hard work

Mathematical Notes
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
3.	Provence 6 nights B&B by train from £599pp
Prices correct as of 20 February 2015
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower