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Mathematics

Maths teaches you problem solving to explain both abstract systems and our physical surroundings. Through maths you can study from quantum physics and financial markets to quintics and prime numbers.
⌛️Last updated: April 28, 2020, 9:26 p.m.

Application Resources

Here are some general resources related to Mathematics. These should be a useful introduction, regardless of which Mathematics-related course you’re interested in and where you might want to study it.

Nrich Maths website 🔗 One useful section of this website is the ‘Articles and Books’ page, which suggests some resources for students thinking of studying Maths at degree level. These include: ‘The Mathematics of Games and Gambling’ by Edward Packel; ‘How to Study for a Mathematics Degree’ by Lara Alcock; ‘How to Think Like a Mathematician’ by Kevin Houston.

Many of these books will be available in your local library. Alternatively, you could order second-hand copies online - sometimes these will also contain some insightful annotations!

Also take a look at the ‘Preparing for University’ 🔗 section of the Nrich website. There are selections of problems to attempt based on difficult and unfamiliar concepts, which reflects the mathematical styles of thinking that are useful at university.

‘A Brief History of Mathematics’ Radio 4 podcast 🔗 This fascinating podcast about various mathematicians by Marcus de Sautoy argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science.

Numberphile website 🔗 and YouTube channel 🔗 These resources contain maths content on hundreds of different topics. Pick something which interests you and explore it further!

Plus Magazine website 🔗 Learn about the mathematics behind everyday topics, including democracy, sweepstakes and architecture!

Underground Mathematics website 🔗 This contains resources that explore the connections between various areas of mathematics, which will really help to develop your thinking with regard to university-style questions.

STEP Support Programme 🔗 Even if you aren’t planning to apply to Cambridge specifically, the STEP support programme provided by the University for maths applicants is still a useful resource for anyone wanting to explore some advanced mathematical content in preparation for any Maths-based degree.
The STEP question database 🔗 contains hundreds of past questions which can be used to brush up on your Maths abilities before starting your course!

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