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Why Mathematics Is Beautiful and Why It Matters

Scientists through the ages have noted, often with some astonishment, not only the remarkable success of mathematics in describing the natural world, but also the fact that the best mathematical formulations are usually those that are the most beautiful. And almost all research mathematicians …

A computer made a math proof the size of Wikipedia, and humans can't check it

If you thought the mathematical proofs you did in high school were long, you haven't seen the newest one out of the University of Liverpool — computer scientists Alexei Lisitsa and Boris Konev came up with a math proof that takes up a huge 13-gigabyte file, greater than all of Wikipedia's pages …

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Math Problem Worth $1M May Be Solved, but There’s Still One Issue…

A mathematician from Kazakhstan thinks he has solved a problem that comes with a $1 million prize for the correct answer. But his proof poses a different problem to the mathematical community — it’s not in English.<p>We know what you’re thinking: isn’t math a universal language of numbers and symbols? …

Photos of Vintage Libraries

(Photo: Bernard Hoffman/Life)<p>Do you love old libraries? The feel of catalog cards flipping on your fingertips and the smell of old paper-- and the …

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Cornell Math Professor and <i>New York Times</i> columnist Steven Strogatz, author of The Joy of x, said much of middle and high school math curriculum …

The Simpsons' secret formula: it's written by maths geeks

When one of Britain's best-known science writers went to Los Angeles to meet the show's writers for a new book, he found a team dedicated to inserting gags about complex maths problems. And you thought it was just a cartoon…<p>Without doubt, the most mathematically sophisticated television show in the …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

10 Books People Pretend They've Read

On average, Americans spend about five hours reading each week. According to our calculations, unless we're a country of speed-readers, that is <i>not</i> enough time to cover all of the classics.<p>Fair enough - not everyone enjoys pondering the guiding words of thinkers who lived before us. Why, then, do so …

Best Paper Notebook?

Taking notes with a computer or a tablet is fast and easy, but it's not always the best way to get your thoughts down and organized. Sometimes a …

8 Videos That Prove Math Is Awesome

Believe it or not, math is really an art. While the subject can seem far from it when you’re caught in the doldrums of class, there’s a lot about …

Crossbar says it will kill the $60B flash memory market with Resistive RAM, which stores a terabyte on a chip

Crossbar announced today a new kind of memory chip that can replace flash memory, one of the fundamental building blocks of digital electronics, in a number of of applications.<p>The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip startup is debuting Resistive RAM, a technology that can store a terabyte of data on a …

6 Math Problems That You Can Solve To Earn Thousands Of Dollars In Prize Money

Everyone knows there's a bunch of money to be found studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), but few fields are as direct about the opportunities for making money as math.<p>The tradition of offering mathematical prizes goes back ages. One of the most famous men to offer …

Libraries Used to Look Like This

In 1874, Cincinnati, Ohio built a huge main library. This architectural marvel remained in use until 1955. Can you imagine wandering from tier to …

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Save Web Files Instantly Saves Online Files to the Cloud

Generally speaking, if you want to save a file from the internet to a service like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Skydrive, you have to download it to …

My Secret to Reading a Lot of Books

My girlfriend says I have a thing for books. I probably spend more money on books than any other expense, aside from food. Walking into a bookstore …

Book News: Sales Of Orwell's '1984' Spike After NSA Revelations

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>As of this morning, Amazon sales of George Orwell's dystopian novel <i>1984</i> had jumped 6,021 percent in just 24 hours, to No. 213 on Amazon's bestseller list. As NPR's Alan Greenblatt recently pointed out, many people have …

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Researchers develop quantum computer algorithm for counting prime numbers

(Phys.org) —Two math and physics researchers from the University's of Barcelona and Madrid respectively have developed an algorithm to count prime …

Almost Integers

Many of you are familiar with the great equation Euler's identity eiπ+1=0. It’s an incredible equality that unifies multiple transcendental numbers …

The 12 Most Controversial Facts In Mathematics

The following 12 simple math problems prove outstandingly controversial among students of math, but are nonetheless facts.<p>They're paradoxes and idiosyncrasies of probability. And they're guaranteed to start an argument or two.<p>If you're looking for a mathematical way to impress your friends and …