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A small Ohio town tried to escape America’s addiction to rectangular grids. It didn’t last long.
Almost everything we can observe and measure follows what’s known as a normal distribution, or a Bell curve. There’s a profound reason why.
The pattern 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc., is the Fibonacci sequence. It shows up all over nature. But what’s the full explanation behind it?
Each time you fold a piece of paper, you double the paper’s thickness. It doesn’t take all that long to even reach the Moon.
In pre-War Cambridge, students had to ace an interview with Ludwig Wittgenstein to attend his lectures — Alan Turing passed that test, and went on to create one of his own.
While ice itself is slick, slippery, and difficult to navigate across under most circumstances, skaters easily glide across the ice.
A woman’s name would undermine the credibility of the mission. Names of former Nazis, however, were no problem.
Yes, you CAN be a “math person” — as long as you follow these learning techniques.
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Although we still don’t know the question, we know that the answer to life, the Universe, and everything is 42. Here are 5 possibilities.
The smartest person in the world was Isaac Newton, a true polymath whose brilliance never has been, nor ever will be, surpassed.
They’re not just watching you; they’re also calculating.
How can you maximize the amount of love and happiness in your life? One of history’s greatest scientists found the answer: with math.
Can quantum computers do things that standard, classical computers can’t? No. But if they can calculate faster, that’s quantum supremacy.
Probability, lacking solid theoretical foundations and burdened with paradoxes, was jokingly called the “theory of misfortune.”
Scientists can make substantial progress without fully understanding exactly what they’re doing.
Is mathematics woven into the very fabric of reality? Or is it merely a product of the human mind?
Try writing a novel without using the letter “e.”
We bake pies for Pi Day, so why not celebrate other mathematical achievements.
It’s the best-known transcendental number of all-time, and March 14 (3/14 in many countries) is the perfect time to celebrate Pi (π) Day!
Epigenetic entropy shows that you can’t fully understand cancer without mathematics.
The solution involves the infamous Navier-Stokes equations, which are so difficult, there is a \$1-million prize for solving them.
It’s simpler, more compact, and reusable from year-to-year in a way that no other calendar is. Here’s both how it works and how to use it.
It’s called the “hipster effect,” and a study from Brandeis University mathematician Jonathan Touboul explains how it happens.
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Parity tasks (such as odd and even categorisation) are considered abstract and high-level numerical concepts in humans.
It’s spooky, and it’s happening all around us. And inside us.
Find your wallet or keys — or a nuclear submarine.
A researcher explains a little-known niche within modern physics: animal collective behavior.
With a record-setting \$1.9 billion jackpot, you’d think it’s a no-brainer to buy a Powerball ticket. But the math truly shows otherwise.
Does it have a deeper significance — or is it just a number?