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Japanese kids crush Americans at math, and it might be because of this simple trick

I learned how to do math with the ancient abacus — and it changed my life

A few years ago, I stood in a small basement classroom just outside of New York City, watching a high schooler named Serena Stevenson answer math questions in rapid succession.<p>An instructor read out numbers —<p>74,470<p>70,809<p>98,402<p>— and Stevenson added them in her head. For each question, she closed her …

The Beauty of Mathematics: It Can Never Lie to You

A few years back, a prospective doctoral student sought out Sylvia Serfaty with some existential questions about the apparent uselessness of pure …

Solution: ‘Is Infinity Real?’

Hilbert’s Hotel, an incredibly thin triangle and an elliptical pool table help us test the concept of infinity in the physical world.<p>This month’s …

Mathematics

The exact age when girls lose interest in science and math

Teenage girls can be a fickle bunch, especially when it comes to their interest in science, technology, engineering and math.<p>A new survey commissioned by Microsoft (MSFT) found that young girls in Europe become interested in so-called STEM subjects around the age of 11 and then quickly lose …

London School of Economics

Welcome to the Turkish ‘Village’ Dedicated to Maths

Ali Nesin, a Turkish maths professor created a sanctuary totally dedicated to quality number crunching.<p>Maths lovers rejoice: There's a "village" in Turkey where visitors can develop a deeper appreciation for the beauty of numbers, all from the comforts of a leafy green sanctuary. Welcome to …

Acquired Savant Syndrome: Meet an Accidental Genius

An accident unlocked Jason Padgett’s mathematical and artistic potential, making him one of only 40 people in the world with Acquired Savant Syndrome.<p>…

What happens to your brain when you give up sugar

Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have.<p>My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Pennsylvania -- the "Chocolate Capital of the World" -- doesn't help either of us.<p>But Andrew is braver than I am. Last year, he gave …

Neuroscience

Women's studies meets math in a new book arguing for a more inclusive cultural approach to numeracy

Few disciplines are as polarizing as math. Everyone seems to have an opinion about it, and those opinions usually veer toward love or hate. A new …

Want a Younger Brain? Forget Sudoku and Do This | Inc.com

Nobody wants to lose cognitive function, especially when so much of business--and life in general--depends on being "on top of it" to stay ahead of the competition. But statistically speaking, the reality is, you have to fight to stay sharp. Doing Sudoku and crossword puzzles isn't going to hurt. …

The Brain

Lifting student achievement in mathematics

<i>Low-decile schools throughout New Zealand have an increasingly diverse student body, disaffected by mathematics education. A study investigating the</i> …

Pedagogy

The Importance of 'Hidden Figures'

Duke physicist Ayana Arce hopes movies like Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures” bring more students from all sorts of backgrounds into science and math …

Heroism

Women in Science :: Her Story

Mathematics, Astronomy<p>Hypatia<p>Hypatia (believed to be born around 350) was known as a great thinker in her age. She was one of the earliest women to …

Algebra I

Mathematics

A Fight to Fix Geometry’s Foundations

When two mathematicians raised pointed questions about a classic proof that no one really understood, they ignited a years-long debate about how much …

Mathematics

The maths problems that could win you a million dollars

Mathematics is awash with fiendish problems such as that of strong coupling, which crops up in physical systems from boiling water to superconductors …

The mathematics of love

Photo: iStock<p>It’s done and dusted—that gawdawful day of the year—Valentine’s Day. It was yesterday. That is why I write this a day after. Because a …

Relationships

A mathematician has created a teaching method that’s proving there’s no such thing as a bad math student

Math is a notoriously hard subject for many kids and adults. There is a gender gap, a race gap, and just generally bad performance in many countries.<p>John Mighton, a Canadian playwright, author, and math tutor who struggled with math himself, has designed a teaching program that has some of the …

Education

What are the changes to the New South Wales Year 12 syllabus?

The New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) syllabus has been given a radical overhaul for the first time in 16 years.<p>The new syllabus moves …

New South Wales

Mircea Pitici on the best mathematics writing of 2016

The Best Writing on Mathematics 2016 brings together the year’s finest mathematics writing from around the world. In the 2016 edition, Burkard …

Mathematics

Start Doing These Things for Yourself to Transform Your Life in Less Than a Year

You and I have one thing in common: We want to constantly improve our lives and be the best version of ourselves. But unfortunately, many people have …

Motivation

Mathematician Eugenia Cheng: ‘We hate having rules imposed on us'

Eugenia Cheng is a British mathematician who is senior lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her main interest is higher-dimensional category theory but she has also written a book about the maths of baking entitled <i>How To Bake Pi</i>. Her latest book is <i>Beyond Infinity: An Expedition</i> …

Mathematics

Why more minorities should pursue a career in mathematics

There’s a moment toward the end of the movie “Hidden Figures,” which topped the box office again last weekend, where Katherine Johnson (played by …

How to Help Students Crush Math Anxiety

When teacher Michelle Russell surveyed her students about personal interests and learning preferences, she found over one-third have anxious or …

Mathematics

San Diego Educators Working To Make Math Friendlier For English Learners

Math is a universal language. But for English learners, math textbooks and standardized tests aren't so universal. San Diego educators are working to …

To Live Your Best Life, Do Mathematics

The ancient Greeks argued that the best life was filled with beauty, truth, justice, play and love. The mathematician Francis Su knows just where to …

Mathematics

Trying to Solve a Bigger Math Problem

Algebra is clearly a stumbling block for many incoming college students. Nearly 60 percent of community college students end up in remedial math — that’s more than double the number in remedial English. Four-year public colleges are not far behind. According to government studies, 40 percent of …

College & University

The startling changes to the South African maths curriculum since 1994

Maths is regarded as one of the most difficult subjects to learn and teach at South African schools, with much of this difficulty stemming from the …

The real gleam in the imaginary ‘i’ | Cosmos

<b>The old aphorism “my enemy’s enemy is my friend”</b> has a mathematical equivalent: multiplying two negatives makes a positive. In monetary terms, where …

How the French Mathematician Sophie Germain Paved the Way for Women in Science and Almost Saved Gauss’s Life

“The taste for the abstract sciences in general and, above all, for the mysteries of numbers, is very rare… since the charms of this sublime science in all their beauty reveal themselves only to those who have the courage to fathom them.”<p>A century after the trailblazing French mathematician Émilie …