Benjamin Bissett - Year 9 Student & 2008 Society Member Weird Maths is a factual book written by mathematicians David Darling and Agnijo Banerjee about mathematical and scientific questions that us humans regularly ask about our world and universe. It is divided into 13 easily understood chapters which are all exciting and interesting in their … Continue reading Book Review: Weird Maths
Oluwaseyitan Olusoga - Year 9 Student Two Year 9 students, Oluwaseyitan Olusoga and Katya Rawat, were recently nominated for the Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses at the University of Leeds. Olu has written the following short article on his experiences. You can also read more about recent successes in mathematics at GSAL here, and can follow @GSALmaths on … Continue reading Leeds Maths Masterclasses
Mrs A Jackson - Teacher of Mathematics The annual Junior Mathematics Challenge individual competition took place on Tuesday 30th April 2019. The 2019 test paper can be viewed here. GSAL students in Year 7 and Year 8 took part in the challenge. Around 300,000 students took part across the UK and worldwide this year. As … Continue reading Junior Mathematics Challenge 2019
Mr C Dodd - Staff Editor What might we learn from imaging a black hole? In a famous moment for astronomy, an image of a black hole has been captured for the very first time. The picture shows the halo of dust and gas surrounding the black hole lying at the heart of the Messier … Continue reading What’s News: What might we learn from imaging a black hole?
Matthew Abel - Year 10 Student Matthew Abel (Year 10) writes on the theme of 'Security', in response to the recent One Word essay writing competition advertised in The GSAL Journal. Matthew's chosen topic is the cryptanalysis of the famous Enigma ciphering machine that proved to be so critical in the outcome of World War … Continue reading The Cryptanalysis of Enigma
Mr R Stevenson - Head of Economic Studies Below is an up-to-date reading list (courtesy of the tutor2u website) for economists, particularly those who are considering studying the subject at university. Wider reading and offering your thoughts on a particular book / topic will form a key part of any personal statement. For anyone in … Continue reading Recommended Reading for Economists
Mr C Dodd - Staff Editor According to Professor Steven Clontz, “generally speaking, a puzzle is any question/problem which satisfies two properties: (1) it is designed to entertain the solver; (2) there is a well-defined solution.” Solving puzzles helps to develop critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving. In all walks of life, from school, college and university … Continue reading Recommended Puzzle Books