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Mathematics

Complex numbers: Why do we love them?

Imagine you are minding your own business, solving some equations at school or work. You start with , and pretty quickly realise this this equation …

Mathematics

We have written computer programs to systematically generate and count all the different configurations with six two-by-four studded LEGO bricks. …

The Map of Mathematics: Animation Shows How All the Different Fields in Math Fit Together

Back in December, you hopefully thoroughly immersed yourself in <i>The Map of Physics</i>, an animated video--a visual aid for the modern age--that mapped …

Watch How Zero Became a Number

Zero is a tricky number. It's the only integer that is neither positive nor negative. You cannot divide by zero, but you can add, multiply, and …

More than half the people in the world live in the sphere of influence

Back in 2013, a meme circulated quickly off of a Reddit post that showed the incredible population density of the southeast corner of Asia.<p>You may have seen it: the satellite map showed, quite simply, that "more people live inside this circle, than outside of it".<p>THE POPULATION EPICENTER<p>We are in …

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Three Puzzles Inspired by Ramanujan

Insights from the mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan give us a number of ways to explore the infinite.<p>Srinivasa Ramanujan’s story is part of …

The World's Largest Maths Problem Has Been Solved, And It Takes Up 200 TB

We’re gonna need a bigger hard drive.<p>If you thought advanced maths in high school was bad, spare a thought for a trio of mathematicians whose …

Mathematics

Draw Infinite Geometric Designs With the DuoGraph, a Compact New Drawing Machine by Joe Freedman | Colossal

<p>The DuoGraph is the latest drawing machine from inventor and designer Joe Freedman whose Cycloid Drawing Machine took the internet by storm a few …

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10 Secret Trig Functions Your Math Teachers Never Taught You

On Monday, the Onion reported that the "Nation's math teachers introduce 27 new trig functions." It's a funny read. The gamsin, negtan, and cosvnx …

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What the Prime Number Tweetbot Taught Me about Infinite Sums

Last summer, Zach Weinersmith of smbc comics blew my mind.<p>My reaction was basically in line with the bottom right panel:<p>The harmonic series grows to …

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10 Must-Have Math Apps

Looking for ways to increase student engagement in your classroom? Try these game-based educational apps that make math a whole lot of fun!<p><b>1.</b></b> …

Mathematics

New maths proof shows how to stack oranges in 24 dimensions

It’s a tight squeeze. Mathematicians have proved that they know the best way to pack spheres in 8 and 24 dimensions – the first time this problem has …

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Mathematician finds his 'new' solution to Poisson formula problem buried in 1959 paper

(Phys.org)—As Yves Meyer was getting ready to publish a detailed mathematical proof that he had spent months working on, he decided do a final search …

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Will Computers Redefine the Roots of Math? | WIRED

Homotopy types are used to classify the essential features of an object. The letters A, R and Q all have one hole, and so are the same homotopy type. …

[1512.03794v1] Infinite families of monohedral disk tilings

Mathematics > Metric Geometry<p>Title: Infinite families of monohedral disk tilings<p>Abstract: This paper gives new solutions to the problem: 'Can we …

Here’s The Simple Proof That There Must Be Multiple Levels of Infinity

Easy!<p>Infinity is a powerful concept. Philosophers, artists, theologians, scientists, and people from all walks of life have struggled with ideas of …

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2015: The Year In Math

A lot happened in mathematics this year. High school exam problems went viral. Terry Tao solved the Erdös Discrepancy Problem and while most mathematicians would have submitted the paper to a top math journal, he chose to send it to an experiment in publishing founded by another Fields Medalist. …

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The mathematically proven strategy to win 14 of the most popular games

<i>Originally published May 8</i><p>From Risk to tic-tac-toe, popular games involve tons of strategic decisions, probability and math. So one happy consequence of being a data nerd is that you may have an advantage at something even non-data nerds understand: winning.<p>So how do you win (almost) every game in …

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Genius at Play: A Brilliant Mathematician on Tinkering, Thinkering, and the Art of Being a Professional Nonunderstander

Anatomy of thought at the fault line of invention and discovery.<p><i>“Mathematical Science,”</i> wrote Ada Lovelace in contemplating the nature of the imagination, <i>“is the language of the unseen relations between things.”</i> Few have mastered that language and transmuted it into Lovelace’s “poetical science” …

Why the history of maths is also the history of art

In her new book Mathematics and Art, historian Lyn Gamwell explores how artists have for thousands of years used mathematical concepts - such as infinity, number and form - in their work. Here she choses ten stunning images from her book that reveal connections between maths and art.<p>When I was a …

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This Book Is A Complete Guide To The Science Of Snowflakes

And yes, they really are that special<p><i>The Snowflake: Winter's Frozen Artistry</i> by Kenneth Libbrecht and Rachel Wing gives us all a close look at snowflakes, no matter where you spend your winters. And yes, there's that cliché that snowflakes are unique and special and blah blah blah, but seriously, …

An Introduction to Benford's Law

More about this book<p>Reviews<p>Endorsements<p>Table of Contents<p>Other Books Written by this Author(s)<p>Subject Areas<p>Series<p>Shopping Cart Options<p>For eBooks<p><b>Many</b> …

Crowds beat computers in answer to Wikipedia-sized maths problem

<i>Terence Tao, better at maths than a computer (Image: Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize)</i><p>A maths problem previously tackled with the …

The Most Romantic Mathematician and His Language of Symmetry

On the morning of May 30, 1832, a single shot fired in a duel fatally wounded one of the most brilliant, and certainly the most romantic mathematician -- <i>Évariste Galois</i>. The following day, his last words to his weeping brother were: "Don't cry, I need all my courage to die at 20." Figure 1 shows …

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Can you solve it? Professor Povey's perplexing problem

To solve the puzzle of the coin and the chessboard you need to throw money at the problem<p>Hello guzzlers,<p>This week’s puzzle is purloined (with permission) from the recently-published prime paperback, <i>Professor Povey’s Perplexing Problems</i>.<p>The book is a collection of pre-university maths and physics …

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James Stewart (mathematician)

<b>James Drewry Stewart</b> (March 29, 1941 – December 3, 2014) was a Canadian mathematician, violinist, and the professor emeritus of mathematics at …