School of Mathematics and Statistics

Doctor measuring waist of overweight woman

The prevalence of obesity has doubled in Australia in the last two decades. As a result, overweight and obesity will be associated with 10,000 thyroid cancers in the next decade. 

Dr Daniel Mansfield holds si.427 in gloved hands in a darkened museum storage room ng

A UNSW scientist has revealed that an ancient clay tablet could be the oldest and most complete example of applied geometry, showing that ancient mathematics was more advanced than previously thought.

oxidised copper in rock

Using geology and AI, a virtual model of how the Earth's tectonic plates have evolved can help reveal deposits of copper.

rubber ducky sitting at the waters edge on a beach

The grisly discovery of a disembodied foot on a NSW beach was a tragic twist in the mystery of missing woman Melissa Caddick. Such tragedies can also reveal hidden currents connecting the planet.

Glasshouse Rocks Beach near Narooma

A UNSW analysis has found waters off Sydney, southern NSW and eastern Tasmania are demonstrating an accelerated warming trend.

Snowflake with a self-referential fractal pattern

Pattern and symmetry – with a touch of surprise – may be the mathematical formula for what we find beautiful.

Professor David Harvey

Associate Professor David Harvey has received a highly prestigious medal at the annual meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society. 

Antarctica Chris closeup X2 1

Two UNSW researchers have been awarded prestigious Australian Academy of Science prizes for their work in statistical ecology and climate change science.

Ozone hole

The formation of the Antarctic ozone hole has caused changes in the way waters in the southern oceans mix, with possible impacts on climate change, a new study suggests.

Helmet oped

Surely it would be irresponsible to do anything but continue down the path of making cycling safer. Keeping helmets and building more cycleways is unquestionably the way to go, write Jake Olivier, Scott Walter and Raphael Grzebieta.

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