Margaret Koy

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Brain study reveals how successful students overcome math anxiety

Using brain-imaging technology for the first time with people experiencing mathematics anxiety, scientists have gained new insights into how some …

The Emerging Revolution in Game Theory - MIT Technology Review

The world of game theory is currently on fire. In May, Freeman Dyson at Princeton University and William Press at the University of Texas announced …

Like math? Thank your motivation, not IQ - Technology & science - Science - LiveScience | NBC News

Looks like Tiger Mom had it half-right: Motivation to work hard and good study techniques, not IQ, lead to better math skills, a new study shows.<p>But there's a catch: The findings, published this month in the journal Child Development, show that keeping children's heads in the math books by force …

Mathematics

50 Shades of Graph: How Graph Databases Are Transforming Online Dating

When it comes to dating, everybody is highly motivated. So it is no surprise that the nerdy among us put their advanced knowledge to work when seeking out a mate. The most recent celebrated example is Chris McKinlay, who used a statistical modeling approach to find which type of women to go after. …

Math nerds are taking over Wall Street

When you think about the typical Wall Street trader, you probably picture a fast-talking Wolf of Wall Street type.<p>But guess what? They are rapidly being replaced by "quants" -- soft-spoken super nerds armed with high-tech software to help them beat the market.<p>Elie Galam is one of them.<p>Every day, …

A Math-Free Guide to the Math of Alice in Wonderland

<i>Alice in Wonderland</i> got its start as a simple story, told by a mathematics professor to a colleague's daughter. It's a strange story that seems to be …

Why I Actually Enjoy Studying Math

Right now, I am currently double majoring in communication and math. I never pictured myself as a math major. But back in the beginning of my freshman year of college, I met with an adviser who spent all of 10 minutes convincing me to pick up a math major. (Note: this is exhibit A of how I might …

Mathematics

Geometry bake-off: sconic sections, toast tangrams and the Möbius bagel

When you slice a cone the surface produced is either a circle, an ellipse, a parabola or a hyperbola.<p>These curves are known as the conic sections.<p>And when you slice a scone in the shape of a cone, you get a <b>sconic section</b> – the latest craze in edible mathematics, a vibrant new culinary field.<p>On …

How algorithms rule the world

The NSA revelations highlight the role sophisticated algorithms play in sifting through masses of data. But more surprising is their widespread use in our everyday lives. So should we be more wary of their power?<p>On 4 August 2005, the police department of Memphis, Tennessee, made so many arrests …

Why Randomness May Not Mean What You Think It Means

Are you convinced that the shuffle mode on your iPod is messing with your mind? Or that certain numbers are bound to come up in the next lottery? If …

Mathematics

'I'm Not A Math Person' Is No Longer A Valid Excuse

Research published in Child Development found that hard work and good study habits were the most important factor in improving math ability over time.<p>But bad attitudes about math are holding us back.<p>Most of us would never think that "I'm bad at reading," is a good excuse to stop taking English …

How I faced my fears and learned to be good at math

You might think the principal coder behind PolitiFact took naturally to math. You’d be wrong.<p>Somewhere in middle school, I had convinced myself that I was bad at math. It was okay: My mom was bad at math too. So were lots of people I looked up to. “Bad at math” was a <i>thing</i> — probably even genetic — …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

Education

Zzzzzzzz: The Mathematics of a Good Night’s Sleep

<i>This Behind the Scenes article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation.</i><p>We boast when our infant finally …

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Prize Spotlight: Martin...<p>Martin Wechselberger received the J. D. Crawford Prize at the 2017 SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical …

You've Never Seen Pi Like This

Nerdfeast!<p>Science artist Martin Krzywinski has turned the infinite randomness pi—and other mathematical constants—into a thing of visual beauty. Krzywinski, building on images created by Cristian Ilies Vasile, has compiled a series of eye-catching circular diagrams based on relationships between …

Mathematics

NSA misuse of mathematics: Secret formulas and backdoor cryptography.

Recently, I co-authored and published a math paper that solved a 15-year-old mystery. But, unlike a book or a gadget, the work cannot be copyrighted …

The Greatest Mathematicians of All Time by StudyGeek

<b>The Greatest Mathematicians of All Time</b> by StudyGeek<p>The greatest mathematicians have shaped our understanding of the world and fueled the progression of modern life and society. It is difficult to say which mathematicians truly were the greatest, though the most famous list of mathematicians always includes the most original and compelling thinkers – these are people who have helped significantly in our understanding of nature.<p>StudyGeek.org is a free website full of free math lessons, math …

The 12 Days of Pascal’s Triangular Christmas

Look for the patterns in the Pascal's triangle Christmas tree.<p>Image: Michael Rose/Shutterstock<p>One of the most magical aspects of mathematics is the …

Mathematics

Visualization of the Infinite...

The sine and cosine functions for the circle, as every student should see them

(<b>Edit</b>: the animation is also available, without watermark, at higher resolution and slower frame rate at Wikimedia Commons.)<p><b>HAPPY PI DAY!</b> To celebrate, here’s this long-due animation of the usual trigonometric functions, sine and cosine, geometrically defined in terms of the unit circle.<p>I know this animation is a bit of the same as several others of my previous animations , but this is THE version that I should have done ages ago, if not done first of all.<p>This is what the sine and cosine …

SIAM News: Latest Archived Issue: Volume 45, Number 10, December 2012

• And the Ig Nobel Goes to . . . Joseph B. Keller<br>• Career Advancement for Women Is Focus of COACh Workshops<br>• Collaboration Blooms from SIAM News …

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The 10 Algorithms That Dominate Our World

The importance of algorithms in our lives today cannot be overstated. They are used virtually everywhere, from financial institutions to dating …

Machine Learning

Getting the measure of the earth.

It is generally accepted that the Pythagoreans in the sixth century BCE were the first to recognise and accept that the earth is a sphere. It is also …

What Is It About Bees And Hexagons?

Solved! A bee-buzzing, honey-licking 2,000-year-old mystery that begins here, with this beehive. Look at the honeycomb in the photo and ask yourself: (I know you've been wondering this all your life, but have been too shy to ask out loud ... ) Why is every cell in this honeycomb a hexagon?<p>Bees, …

The Cicada’s Love Affair With Prime Numbers

As far back as the seventeen-hundreds, fur trappers for the Hudson’s Bay Company noted that while in some years they would collect an enormous number of Canadian lynx pelts, in the following years hardly any of the wild snow cats could be found—until, some years later, when the trappers found …

Insects

The 17-Year Itch: Why Cicadas Love Prime Numbers

The invisible hand at work -- in bug shells and Gap storefronts<p>Reuters

Song from π!

Yes, algebra is necessary

This <i>was written by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, professor and director of graduate studies in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of “Why Don’t Students Like School?” His newly published book is “When Can You Trust The Experts? How to tell good science from bad in</i> …