Meaningful pictures are assembled from meaningless noise.
If you can model anything in the Universe with an equation, mathematics is how you get the solution(s). Physics must go a step further.
Since at least 600 BC, people have been mesmerized by the concept of the infinite.
Game theory is a unique combination of math and psychology. Its applications turn up everywhere, from nuclear war to Tinder to game shows.
Equations that describe time travel are fully compatible and consistent with relativity — but physics is not mathematics.
The researchers consumed a lot of wine while watching 15 seasons of the show.
When making any tough decision, the key is not to be overly exploratory or exploitative.
The quadratic formula isn't just something that teachers use to torture algebra students. The Babylonians once used it to calculate taxes.
The Poisson distribution has everyday applications in science, finance, and insurance. To compare the results of some biomedical studies, more people ought to be familiar with it.
The Universe has asymmetries, but that's a good thing. Imperfections are essential for the existence of stars and even life itself.
Math offers good evidence that humans can solve any problem — as long as there’s money in it.
Travel half the distance to your destination, and there's always another half to go. Despite Zeno's Paradox, you always arrive right on time.
Those that were the best at math didn't even show income satiation — there was no upper limit to how much money could make them happy.
Pizzanomics isn't an official field of research, but it can save you big money.
Humans seemingly have opposing desires to fit in and to be unique. The interplay between these might drive the evolution of fads.
Centuries ago, the plague forced people into quarantine for years. Isaac Newton and Galileo used the time to revolutionize the world.
From hellishly hot planets to water worlds, some distant planets are like nothing in our Solar System.
The "Foundation" series, recently adapted into a show by Apple TV, was inspired by a fascinating, real-life academic discipline.
Fintech companies are using elements of video games to make personal finance more fun. But does it work, and what are the risks?
The ancient Greeks were obsessed with geometry, which may have formed the basis of their philosophical cosmology.