Queen Mary, University of London - The Woolworths triangle

January 21, 2010

The locations of the now-defunct Woolworths chain of stores have been found to form "precise geometric patterns" by a researcher at Queen Mary, University of London. Matt Parker, of the School of Mathematical Sciences, studied the stores' distribution after seeing research claiming that prehistoric sites were aligned with such sophistication that "extraterrestrial help" could not be ruled out. He found that three Woolworths stores in Wolverhampton, Lichfield and Birmingham formed an exact equilateral triangle. He said: "It is mathematically known that if you have a sufficiently large set of random data, you can find any pattern you want with any given level of accuracy."

Please login or register to read this article.

Register to continue

Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most commented

Recent controversy over the future directions of both Stanford and Melbourne university presses have raised questions about the role of in-house publishing arms in a world of commercialisation, impact agendas, alternative facts – and ever-diminishing monograph sales. Anna McKie reports

3 October


Featured jobs