One of the most fashionable research pursuits of our time, in the mathematical sciences, is Big Data Science. Fashionable pursuits attract a great deal of interest and funding, which creates more interest and funding, so that fashionable pursuits can quickly dominate research effort.
It is with a deep sense of loss and regret that we let you know about the death of Michael Deakin on 5 August 2014. Michael contributed enormously to mathematics enrichment in Australia over several decades.
With this issue we celebrate 50 years of continuous publication of Parabola. The essential aim of Parabola at the time it was launched was to inspire students, through articles and problems, about the timeless beauty, power and relevance of mathematics.