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Jan 18 2018

Yuji Okitani competes in Grand Final of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician

Yuji Okitani receives an award from George Andrews, former president of the American Mathematical Society

Yuji Okitani, the winner of our UK Who Wants to Be a Mathematician competition, competed in the international Grand Final in the US last Saturday, finishing a very respectable third place in his semi final. The competition, which is run by the American Mathematical Society and took place live at the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meetings …

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Jan 17 2018

The Parallel Project is back

We know that lots of our followers and supporters signed up for the pilot of our Parallel maths project back in the summer, and received our weekly maths puzzles. If you were one of them, hopefully you found our Parallelogram problem sheets and videos fun and interesting. We’re pleased to say that after the successful …

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Jan 16 2018

Cancer and alternative therapies


Good Thinking are extremely concerned about fundraising appeals designed to raise money for seriously ill people to receive alternative therapies that are not considered mainstream and are typically not backed by robust evidence. Below, we look at many of the therapies we’ve seen cited in such fundraisers (particularly for cancer patients), assess the evidence for …

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Nov 30 2017

NHS England calls for homeopathy to be blacklisted; Enfield CCG ends homeopathy funding


Earlier today, NHS England announced recommendations that GPs should no longer prescribe homeopathic treatments or herbal remedies, and called on the Secretary of State for Health to put both on the NHS Blacklist, which would prevent any NHS funds being spent on prescribing either treatment. The announcement came after NHS England’s consultation on “Items which …

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Nov 24 2017

Yuji Okitani wins UK ‘Who Wants to Be a Mathematician’ Final

Simon Singh, Yuji Okitani and Matt Parker

Yuji Okitani from Tapton School in Sheffield was today crowned the 2017 UK winner of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, our annual search for the country’s top young mathematical mind. Yuji competed in the final earlier today, alongside fellow finalists Connie Bambridge-Sutton from Reigate Grammar School, Surrey, Dougie Dolleymore from King Edwards School, Birmingham, …

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Nov 02 2017

Chiropractor raises concerns about physiotherapy advertisers, but physios appear to be much more evidence based than chiropractors

We regularly monitor chiropractic and osteopathy websites and urge regulators to act against practitioners making misleading claims. Should we be looking at physiotherapy too? A chiropractor emailed us recently explaining that he thinks our work should be across the board for manual therapists. He also highlighted five physiotherapy websites, all of which were making misleading …

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Oct 31 2017

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician finalists announced

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician logo

The second round of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is now complete, and we are delighted to be able to announce the four students, who will be taking part in the UK final next month: Connie Bambridge-Sutton from Reigate Grammar School, Surrey Dougie Dolleymore from King Edwards School, Birmingham Timothy Kang from St Paul’s …

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Oct 04 2017

Good Thinking Supporters October 2017 Newsletter

October 2017 Newsletter: NHS England public consultation on ending homeopathy needs your views – it ends this month. Plus: an update on Who Wants To Be A Mathematician: The Mirror asks Superdrug and Boots to provide evidence that their homeopathic teething products work; 700 GPs prescribed homeopathy on the NHS last year; and a last call …

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Sep 06 2017

Good Thinking Supporters September 2017 Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter: NHS England public consultation on ending homeopathy, and our Who Wants to Be a Mathematician competition for students

Aug 29 2017

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is back!

eft to right: Simon Singh (Good Thinking), Yuji Okitani (Tapton Academy), Charlie Hu (City of London School), Simon Wisniewski (St Paul's Catholic College), winner Connie Bambridge-Sutton (Reigate Grammar School), John Harber (King's College London Mathematics School), Shavindra Jayasekera (Wilson's School), Matt Parker (Maths Fest). Photo by Ben Sparks.

Win $10,000 and a trip to California. Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is a terrific maths contest for high school students across America, and last year we ran a separate UK version involving 200 schools and 800 students. It was a huge success, so this year the contest is back… and this time we …

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