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Relying upon math experts and enthusiasts to define the subject is likely to lead to a variety of conflicting and wide-ranging answers. Let’s be safe, then, and call upon dictionary solutions to this question. Most non-specialist dictionaries define mathematics by summarizing the main mathematics topics and methods.

The Oxford English Dictionary states that mathematics is an “abstract science which investigates deductively the conclusions implicit in the elementary concepts of spatial and numerical relations, and which includes as its main divisions geometry, arithmetic, and algebra”. The American Heritage Dictionary sums up the subject as the “study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols”.

Digging deeper into subject interests can help you in a number of ways:

  • Confirm whether this is (or isn't) something you would be interested in enough to want to study it at university either as the focus of your degree or a minor/elective

  • Give you some inspiration to use when creating your questions and topics for IA's (coursework) and your Extended Essay

  • Provide you with content for your university application writing in the future, enabling you to reflect on the things you've been doing to explore your interests in a way that is academically relevant to the course or institution you are applying for.

Useful Resources

Oxford University Research Blog
The University of Oxford's Blog on their current research. It includes articles on a huge range of topics but particularly relevant to the current global challenges.
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STEM Guide
A guide to careers in STEM subjects.
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+Plus Magazine
E-Magazine | Podcast
Plus provides articles and podcasts on any aspect of mathematics, covering topics as diverse as art, medicine, cosmology and sport, a news section, showing how recent news stories were often based on some underlying piece of maths that never made it to the newspapers, reviews of popular maths books, and puzzles for you to sharpen your wits.
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Royal SOciety Open Science
An open journal publishing high-quality research across all of science, engineering and mathematics
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Research from the University of Bristol
Journal Articles | Website
Explore cutting edge research from the different faculties and departments from the University of Bristol, including free access to their published journal articles.
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Online Course
Coursera is an online platform for distance learning. They have a range of free courses delivered by universities. Search in this section to find courses of interest to you, often these are courses you can follow at your own pace.
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Online Course
The X Series courses on the EdX platform are free online courses delivered by universities and aimed at helping you explore areas of interest.
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Online Course
FutureLearn is a free online platform where universities from around the globe host FREE online courses you can undertake in your areas of interest. Browse courses by categories or use the search bar to find courses relevant to your interests
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On-line on-demand Work Experience Courses
Online Course | Work Experience
Scroll down on the weblink to find a range of internship courses across a range of subjects but all with a link to Operation Wallacea's key missions around biodiversity and conservation.
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Department of Statistics Podcast
This is the blog from the Department of Statistics at Oxford is a world leader in research including computational statistics and statistical methodology, applied probability, bioinformatics and mathematical genetics.
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PWC: The A - Z of tech podcast series
Welcome to the A to Z of Tech podcast series. A is for Artificial Intelligence, B is for Blockchain, C is for Cyber Security. Follow our journey through an alphabet of technology trends with PwC's technologists and special guests.
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The Secrets of Mathematics
Podcast | Recorded Lecture
A series of talks and lectures from Oxford Mathematicians exploring the power and beauty of their subject. These talks would appeal to anyone interested in mathematics and its ever-growing range of applications from medicine to economics and beyond.
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Mathematics Taster Lectures from the University of Nottingham
Recorded Lecture
Access the series of recordings of the Taster Lectures run by the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Nottingham
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Taster Lectures from the University of Nottingham Mathematics Department
Recorded Lecture | Video
on this YouTube Channel from the Maths Department at the University of Nottingham, you can find taster lectures, recorded seminars and information sessions from open days.
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Society for Natural Sciences Seminars
Recorded Lecture | Webinar
Recorded and upcoming seminars introducing topics in contemporary science and informing potential undergraduates about degrees in Natural Sciences.
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These videos bring you cutting-edge research from Oxford's graduate students on a wide range of topics - from climate change and colonialism, to microbiomes and mathematical logic. Each video offers an introduction to a new topic, plus lots of activities and further resources to explore. When you click on a topic, you will be asked a few questions and then you will be able to play the video you've chosen.
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Video | Recorded Lecture
ExeTalks are a chance to discover some of the fascinating research undertaken at the University of Exeter.
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University of Swansea Webinars
Webinar | Video
This is a collection of recordings from the University of Swansea's subject taster webinar series which they run at various times throughout the year. Browse through to find topics relevant to your interests.
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Maths activities to strengthen skills and a STEP support program
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Website | Podcast | Blog | Video
The HE+ website has supercurricular resources created and written by Cambridge students and academics including challenging activities, engaging videos, reflective questions and much more.
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Springpod Virtual Work Experience
Work Experience
Virtual work experience Opportunities across a range of companies and sectors. Most of them are free.
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