Chow Jun Wei

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Can You Do Math Without Numbers?

Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up problems related to the things we hold dear around here: math, logic and probability. There are two …

Mathematics

Negative mass created by American physicists could be used to solve cosmic mysteries

Theoretically, like an electric charge can be either negative or positive, matter can also have negative matter and negative mass too.<p>A fluid …

3 Tough Truths About Our “Priorities” No One Wants to Admit

<i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”<br>― Annie Dillard</i>Fifteen years ago he walked into my dorm room on the verge of tears.“I …

Computer Science

More children in the West are being taught math using China’s fabled, slightly brutal “mastery” method

There has been a growing feeling in the UK, a country with some of the most elite schools (paywall) and revered universities in the world, that their students are lagging behind students in other countries. This is particularly true in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) …

Teaching

The Almost-Proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem

19th-century mathematicians thought the “roots of unity” were the key to solving Fermat’s Last Theorem. Then they discovered a fatal flaw.<p>Sometimes …