Mark Ronan

Numbers game (contd.)

The Monty Hall problem requires clear, unbiased thinking as new information comes in

New Year confusions

We celebrated our New Year on January 1 but the Chinese will do so this month. Why the difference?

Acting the goat with the Greeks

Innumeracy at the top of European politics beggared Greece and may now vitiate Brexit negotiations

Indiana Jones and the Table of Babel

An ancient Mesopotamian tablet shows Babylonian trigonometrists had long anticipated the Greeks

Coming to Terms with History

For the first time in the history of the Bayreuth Festival, a Jewish director staged a new production

Berlin Magic

Forget 'best in the world' — the Berlin Philharmonic may not even be the best orchestra in Berlin

Dating Dilemmas

Trying to change the calendar to accommodate religious festivals has been a centuries-old minefield

Country Cousins Show How To Do It

Private festivals avoid the absurd interpretations of classic operas that shame the subsidised sector

The One-Eyed Maths Monster

Leonhard Euler was the presiding genius at the courts of Peter, Frederick and Catherine the Great

Not Pi In The Sky After All

An Indian genius had little formal education but his findings astounded Cambridge mathematicians

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"