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Mathematics Today is the membership publication of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Issued six times a year, this general interest mathematics publication provides articles, reports, reviews and news for mathematicians.

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Let me start by congratulating Professor Chris Linton on his recent appointment as IMA President and wish­ing him well during his term in office: the IMA will undoubtedly prosper under his leadership. His predecessor, Professor Dame Celia Hoyles, was an excellent president who achieved much over the past two years.

Among her many contributions, Celia was guest editor with Professor Richard Noss for December’s special issue of Mathematics Today on the theme of education, surely one of our most important professions. I hope that you en­joyed reading the wide selection of entertaining articles by international authors, which clearly demonstrate the fluidity of mathematics and the adaptability of teaching to incor­porate new technology as a means of enthusing and inspir­ing our students. For those interested, IMA Councillor and former Honorary Secretary, Professor Nigel Steele, and his colleague Matthew Bulmer (NCTL) will present a talk on Training Mathematics Teachers at the Mathematics 2016 conference in London on 17 March.

The 2015 ECM Autumn Conference at Bath

On Saturday 14 November, more than 80 mathematicians in the early stages of their career gathered together at the University of Bath to hear and talk about promising areas of mathematics, and the challenges that young mathematicians face in those fields. The day was a big success despite the unfortunate weather, and it gave ample opportunities to everyone who attended to network with their peers from different universities and organisations.

How to Make the Perfect Pancake

We explore the cooking of pancakes using a combination of kitchen experiments and mathematical theory. The properties of a pancake are characterised in terms of a dimensionless geometrical measure of aspect ratio (I1) and the baker's ratio that describes the mass ratio of water or milk to flour (I2). The patterns on the top and bottom of pancakes are analysed in a kitchen study and explained in terms of how the vapourised liquid in the batter escapes. We determine the properties of a perfect pancake.

Pancakes are a starch-based comestible created by pouring batter onto a hot solid surface and cooking until solid [1]. They come in a lot of different shapes from the large, thin, circular French crêpes to small, thick, circular drop scones from Scotland or ball-shaped æbleskiver found across Scandinavia.

The Participation of Girls in Further Mathematics
Further Mathematics (FM) is a qualification designed to broaden and deepen a student’s mathematical knowledge, and can be taken to either AS level or A-level alongside AS or A-level Mathematics courses. It is valuable for a number of reasons, including:
  • the increased time spent engaging with mathematics and developing greater fluency;
  • the study of important topics in pure mathematics not covered at A-level, such as complex numbers and matrices, that are essential for anyone going on to study maths, physics or engineering;
  • the opportunity to study a broader range of applications of mathematics;
  • the development of increased confidence and resilience in tackling demanding mathematical problems.

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