M500 Society The Open University
Mathematics Society

The M500 Society began in 1973 as a self-help group for Open University maths students in Southampton.

In the early days of the OU there was very little contact between students other than at their own tutorial group meetings, which often only took place during the teaching periods of the school or university in which they were held.

Before students had personal computers and the various forms of electronic communication that they now use to communicate with each other and OU staff, the Society compiled and published the names, addresses and current courses of students willing to help other students with their studies.  These lists were mailed out with a magazine containing articles, comments, puzzles, reviews and news submitted by members.

Now there are members throughout Britain and in many other countries across the world and, although we no longer publish student contact details, the magazine is still going strong.

The M500 Magazine

This is published free to all M500 members six times a year. It still contains articles, comments, puzzles, reviews and news submitted by members. It is aimed at all levels of mathematical attainment from Foundation to Postgraduate.

Past issues:
2000: 172 173 174 175 176 177
2001: 178 179 180 181 182 183
2002: 184 185 186 187 188 189
2003: 190 191 192 193 194 195
2004: 196 197 198 199 200 201
2005: 202 203 204 205 206 207
2006: 208 209 210 211 212 213
2007: 214 215 216 217 218 219
2008: 220 221 222 223 224 225
2009: 226 227 228 229 230 231
2010: 232 233 234 235 236 237
2011: 238 239 240 241 242 243
2012: 244 245 246 247 248 249
2013: 250 251 252 253 254 255
2014: 256 257 258 259 260 261