A previously little-known lecturer has made a significant breakthrough in the exploration of prime numbers. Dr Yitang Zhang of the University of New Hampshire has brought mathematics closer than ever before to confirming that twin primes are infinite. A twin prime is simply two consecutive prime numbers that differ only by two. The lowest examples [...]
Yeah, I know there’s still a long way to go in the 2013 MLB season. After all, we’re over a month-and-a-half away from the all-star break. Mathematically speaking, anything can happen, and every division is still wide open. But let’s face it: Just because something is possible doesn’t mean it’s likely. There are plenty of teams that don’t have [...]
You may perhaps have heard of the intriguing mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki who has produced an alleged proof of an important theorem that is so difficult and involves the creation of so much original mathematics and notation that no one is sure whether the proof is valid. Here is one description: On August 31, 2012, Japanese [...]
A fried breakfast food popular in Spain provided the inspiration for the development of doughnut-shaped droplets that may provide scientists with a new approach for studying fundamental issues in physics, mathematics and materials. read more
Hockey's never been much for the sanctity of seeds. No one blinked last year when the eight-seeded Kings blew through the competition on the way to a Cup. So it's not any sort of mathematical upset that the Red Wings took a 2-1 lead in their series with the top-seeded Blackhawks last night—but they needed one very egregious no-goal ruling to make it happen. Read more...
Reed Caron, B.S. Mathematics, Grinnell College: For more on my journey with my son, see: Off to the Ranch (July 1, 2005) Goodbye Sandy (June 6, 2006) Happy 16th Birthday, Reed (June 25, 2006) Opening Day and the Passage of Time (Apr. 2, 2007) A Father's Strange Bliss (Apr. 16,...
Apple is well-known for its love of the so-called golden ratio, an “extreme and mean” mathematical ratio that designers as far back as the third-century B.C. had identified as most likely to lead to harmonious design. The iCloud logo, for example, is designed with the golden ratio in mind… and it’s widely believed that the [...]Show More Summary
This weekend computer scientist Ted Nelson claimed that mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki was the man behind Bitcoin. See, while the digital currency has moved markets and attracted major investors, nobody actually knows who came up with it. Show More Summary
When the ping-pong balls fall, anything can happen in the NBA draft lottery. Mathematically, there's a certain order in which they should drop into place, but that's obviously not always the case. History is littered with shocking moments in which teams beat the odds. Show More Summary
From Concrete Mathematics: Incidentally, when we’re faced with a “prove or disprove,” we’re usually better off trying first to disprove with a counterexample, for two reasons: A disproof is potentially easier (we just need one counterexample); and nit-picking arouses our … Read more ›
Kasia Jackowska's Drawing Mathematics series takes an unusually adorable approach to illustrating mathematical concepts. The Pythagorean Theorem and Sierpinski triangles are conveyed through drawings of elephants, snakes, and deer. Read more...
There's a program on "Semantics of Proofs and Certified Mathematics" in Paris from April 22nd to July 11tth, 2014.
Can math models of gaming strategies be used to detect terrorism networks? The answer is yes, at least according to a paper in the SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics. read more
There has been much talk lately of President Obama's efforts to enhance education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, referred to as...
Who are the world’s sleepiest students? It’s the Americans, according to an analysis by Boston College researchers of data that was part of the 2011 international exams known as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Progress in … Continue reading ?
"By zapping the brain during mathematical lessons, scientists have improved students’ numerical skills by a third. Not only did the participants become quicker when calculating figures in their head, they also learned their arithmetic up to five times faster." --- See more posts by Alex Balk 0 comments
Mathematicians have developed a mathematical model to disrupt the flow of information in a complex real-world network, such as a terrorist organization, using minimal resources.
Philadelphia, PA— The answer is yes, according to a paper in the SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics. In a paper published in the journal last month, authors Anthony Bonato, Dieter Mitsche, and Pawel Pralat describe a mathematical model to disrupt flow of information in a complex real-world network, such as a terrorist organization, using minimal resources. read more
If you have ever cited "donor fatigue" as something that might be hurting your fundraising results, you need to read this article by Sean Triner at Pareto Fundraising: Donor fatigue fatigue. I believe donor fatigue is a pretend thing (used by unsuccessful fundraisers to cover their... Show More Summary
Ruksana lives on the streets of Kolkata, India. Despite this, she excels in school, particularly in mathematics and geography. Photo provided by 10x10 Educate...