Fun Maths facts

April is maths and statistics month and as numbers are close to our heart, we thought we’d acknowledge it with some facts about maths:

1. Muslim scholars were fundamental to the development of modern mathematics. They contributed to and invented the modern arithmetical decimal system and its key operations, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

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2. 2200 years ago, Eratosthenes estimated the Earth's circumference using maths alone (he never left Egypt). According to modern experts, he was incredibly accurate

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3. Ancient Babylonians did maths in base 60 instead of base 10. That's why we have 60 seconds in a minute and 360 degrees in a circle.

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4. And finally, the everyday word for ‘pie chart’ in French is ‘Camembert’

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