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In Mathematics, ‘You Cannot Be Lied To’

For Sylvia Serfaty, mathematics is all about truth and beauty and building scientific and human connections.

Maths and maps make you nervous? It could be in your genes

(King's College London) Our genes play a significant role in how anxious we feel when faced with spatial and mathematical tasks, such as reading a map or solving a geometry problem, according to a new study by researchers from King's College London.

The Beauty of Mathematics

We rarely equate math with beauty and elegance—but we should.

Mathematics is beautiful (no, really)

For many people, memories of maths lessons at school are anything but pretty. Yet "beautiful" is a word that I and other mathematicians often use to describe our subject. How on earth can maths be beautiful – and does it matter?

Rose-Margaret Ekeng-Itua: The Exceptional Life of Benjamin Banneker

'Born in 1731 to freed slaves on a farm in Baltimore, Benjamin Banneker was obsessed with math and science. And his appetite for knowledge only grew as he taught himself astronomy, mathematics, engineering, and the study of the natural world. Show More Summary

Map of Mathematics

Source: Dominic Walliman The post Map of Mathematics appeared first on The Big Picture.

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"A Disappearing Number" ??? "When the world is mad," wrote the British scholar G.H. Hardy, "a mathematician may find in mathematics an incomparable anodyne." That famous quotation — and, indeed, Hardy himself — are central themes of "A Disappearing Number," one of the best theater pieces ever created...

Beating the odds: Ed Thorp tells how he invented card counting and made a fortune on Wall Street

Edward O. Thorp doesn’t look like an outlaw. The man greeting me in his Newport Beach business office stands ramrod straight with the studied mien of a mathematics professor — which he was at UC Irvine for nearly two decades. He’s as trim at 84 as he must have been at 30, when he first won fame...

Mathematical models predict how we wait in line, traffic

As New Jersey drivers approach the George Washington Bridge to enter New York City, a digital sign flashes overhead with estimates of the delays on the upper and lower levels of the bridge. Most drivers choose the level with the shortest predicted wait. Show More Summary

Math Concepts Explained by Knitting and Crochet

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Sure, you can make a rad scarf or hat with your knitting and crocheting skills. But you can also demonstrate complex mathematical concepts, like hyperbolic planes, cyclic groups, and numerical progression.

Kansas’ Kryptonite: Five Teams That Can Cause Problems for the Jayhawks

Monday night’s memorable comeback win over West Virginia effectively sealed Kansas’ record-tying 13th straight Big 12 title — if not mathematically, then symbolically. Yes, Baylor could topple the Jayhawks on Saturday in Waco to pull...Show More Summary

Engage with the world's brightest mathematicians and computer scientists in Heidelberg!

(Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation) The 5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) will take place from Sept. 24-29, 2017, and preparations are well underway.The HLF offers a carefully selected group of young researchers in mathematics and...Show More Summary

James Franco Has Some Wonderfully Self-Serious Facial Hair in the Trailer for The Institute

It is a mathematical impossibility to keep track of the number of movies James Franco is working on and why, but one James Franco movie that apparently exists is The Institute. It’s a creepy period piece set at the highly unorthodox (read: terrifying) Rosewood Institute, where James Franco’s doctor character ... More »

Director Denis Villeneuve embraces the unknown with 'Arrival'

“At one point in my life I had to choose between mathematics and cinema,” says “Arrival” director Denis Villeneuve, who sees a similarity in the two disciplines: problem-solving. “There’s pleasure in the complexity. When I’m talking to my editor, I start to draw equations, trying to understand...

Towards equal access to digital coins

Scientists have developed an important mathematical algorithm called 'Equihash,' Equihash is a core component for the new cryptocurrency Zcash, which offers more privacy and equality than the famous Bitcoin. Zcash came into operation as an experimental technology for a community-driven digital currency in late 2016.

Long-awaited mathematics proof could help scan Earth's innards

6 days agoAcademics : Nature

Proposed solution to geometry puzzle allows an object’s structure to be determined from limited information.

In ‘Fed Up', an insider exposes the elite rot inside the Federal Reserve

She takes on the research staffs of elite, Ph.D. economists -- "the MIT mafia" -- who are married to their mathematical models and focused on publishing in peer-reviewed journals. She exposes the institutional groupthink -- "groupstink," she calls it -- and disdain for dissenting views. Show More Summary

'Field patterns' as a new mathematical object

University of Utah mathematicians propose a theoretical framework to understand how waves and other disturbances move through materials in conditions that vary in both space and time. The theory, called "field patterns," published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society A.

USU scientist explores 'big picture' of hydrologic modeling for water resources management

(Utah State University) Using water resources systems analysis and physical geography, Utah State University researcher Sarah Null is developing mathematical models to explore processes and interactions of both built and natural water systems.

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