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In this blog we will publish mathematical articles and news to reflect the interests of our members who come from a multiplicity of different organisations including university academics, industrial mathematicians, financiers, school teachers, scientists, civil servants etc.

Friday, 10 June 2011

100 and counting in the land of Twitter

I'm sure you will have seen that the IMA has a Twitter account (http://twitter.com/IMAmaths). Well today it celebrated its 100th Tweet!

The twitter feed has been used as a mechanism to quickly let people know of many things: 

to highlight some maths:

Interesting Maths: 130 is the only integer that is the sum of its first four divisors squared: 1^2 + 2^2 + 5^2 + 10^2 = 130. RT

to highlight mathematics that will be of interest to an event in the coming year:

Can we predict how many medals the UK might win in 2012, and is hosting the Olympics an advantage? RT  

to highlight that people want to know what YOUR favourite number is:

Almost 5000 entries so far in favourite number survey. If you haven't voted yet, please do: RT @alexbellos

to highlight IMA branch events:

Two branch talks coming up. Mon 21st Delineating a Sundial in Bath and Wed 23rd The Golden Section by Richard Simpson in Leicester.

to highlight IMA council events:

IMA Councillors are gathering in Birmingham for the Strategy Review weekend. Loads to discuss!

to highlight that others have talked about work of the IMA: 

There's great ideas for maths in IMA's new Mathematics Matters - energy, optical fibres, networks and more! @mathsinthecity

to highlight funding opportunities:

Funding opportunity through the National HE STEM Programme: RT

and finally, our 100th tweet - to highlight free tools for teaching mathematics and conferences where you can gain CPD on using such tools: 
Geogebra - excellent free tool for teaching maths. Their conference in Austria: (or ) 

So, hopefully it can be seen that the IMA is making good use of modern technology, such as Twitter, to keep the world informed of IMA and related news.

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