The MacTutor History of
Mathematics Web Archive at the University of St Andrews is one of
the most accessed resources worldwide for mathematics and its history. The
archive includes detailed biographies of 2740 mathematicians and over 2000
other pages of essays on specific topics and supporting material,
presented in a readily searchable form which engages and informs. It has
had great influence on popularising and communicating the essence and
importance of mathematics, inspiring a broad audience across the world, as
well as being a vast educational resource. The site has sustained an
average of two million hits per week over the last six years. It has been
the basis for college courses worldwide and numerous student and school
projects on mathematics and its history, and it has served as a seminal
resource for many popular science, reference, and academic books, TV and
radio broadcasts and lectures. The Archive continues to grow, with new
material continually being researched and added.
Spatial decomposition methods have been extended to apply to spatial,
scale, and temporal domains as a result of work at the Numerical and
Applied Mathematics Research Unit (NAMU) at the University of Greenwich.
This work has led to a numerical framework for tackling many nonlinear
problems which have been key bottlenecks in software design and scientific
computing. The work has benefitted the welding industry in the UK because
these concepts are now embedded, with parallel computing, in the
industry's modern welding design process software.