## Articles

**Kona Macphee**examines the prefix property, one of the important features of a good code.

**Robert Hunt**concludes our Origins of Proof series by asking what a proof really

*is*, and how we know that we've actually found one. One for the philosophers to ponder...

**Kevin Jones**investigates the links between music and mathematics, throwing in limericks, Fibonacci and Scott Joplin along the way.

*Plus*is proud to present an extended version of his winning entry for the THES/OUP 1999 Science Writing Prize.

**Janna Levin**tells us more.

**Jon Walthoe**explains why Benford's Law says otherwise, and why tax inspectors are taking an interest.

**Jon Walthoe**explains the tricks involved and how great thinkers like Pythagoras, Newton and Gödel tackled the problems.

**Helen Mason**explains.

**Martin Turner**takes you on a journey from the motion of a microscopic particle to the creation of imaginary moonscapes.