BSHM Maths Essay prize

Essay writing is not often associated with maths but the British Society for the History of maths run a Schools Plus Competition which encourages students to research how mathematics has been part of human culture since the beginnings of civilization through commerce, architecture, legal theory, cosmology, astrology and countless other activities.  

The competition set the question 'where would the world be without mathematics?'  Lower sixth student, Dougal Houston took up the challenge and submitted an entry entitled 'the pioneers of mathematics and where would we be without them', becoming overall winner of the 2017 competition in the 16-19 category, winning £100 prize money.