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This Simple Math Concept Went Nowhere For A Century And Then — BOOM — Computers

What's truly amazing is that sometimes a branch of math will start out as something completely abstract, with no immediate scientific or engineering applications, and then much later a practical use can be found.<p>Boolean algebra is the combination of logic and algebra, initially developed by George …

Car Amplifiers: Do You Really Need Them?

Car amplifiers suffer from the out of sight, out of mind effect. You don't need to be a car audio expert, or even particularly observant, to point to …

Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities

Many of us tend to align ourselves with either numbers or words. We're either math brains or we're reading brains.<p>In college, my fellow English majors joked about how none of us could long-divide to save our lives, while our friends in engineering groaned about the fact that Lit 101 was a …

'How Not To Be Wrong' In Math Class? Add A Dose Of Skepticism

In <i>How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking</i>, University of Wisconsin professor Jordan Ellenberg celebrates the virtues of mathematics, especially when they're taught well. He writes that a math teacher has to be a guide to good reasoning, and "a math course that fails do so is …

Ph.D. in math: Will the system have to change as research expands?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><i>This probably applies to other disciplines, but currently for math, students essentially study lots of</i> …

A Common Core Math Problem With a Hint

<i>"Teaching math according to the Common Core principles means today's students could master all the mathematical thinking ability they need for college and life by focusing only on elementary arithmetic and algebra."</i><p>The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for mathematics continue to generate a lot of …

Maths and physics PhDs offered £40,000 salary to become teachers

George Osborne will announce plans this week to plug gaps in the school skills shortage by offering highly qualified maths and physics postgraduates £40,000 salaries if they go straight into teaching.<p>The scheme to place PhDs in non-selective state schools – which is to start in September – is …

Here's Proof That Beautiful Math Equations Affect The Brain Just Like Great Art

What's beautiful to you? A sunset? The face of a loved one? A favorite poem or song?<p>Mathematicians sometimes say they find beauty in mathematical formulas, and a new brain scan study confirms that equations can activate the brain in much the same way that great art does.<p>"To many of us, mathematical …

In science writing, as in life, a good checklist can prevent embarrassing mistakes. Here is one that will help you dodge some common pitfalls<p><i>The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, in association with the Guardian and the Observer, is open for entries. The closing date is 11 May 2014</i><p>The most …

'Threes' is the addictive math puzzle game you want

Don't get fooled by the free-to-play clones out there, Threes is the puzzle (math?) game that got the craze started, and it's the one you want to play, and that will keep you playing long after you get the hang of how it's played. It's almost too simple in principle: slide tiles on a 16-square grid …

Mathematics

The Myth Of The Asian Math Genius

<b>SHANGHAI</b> — After the excellent performance of Shanghai children in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), an expert delegation …

Why Facts Matter: Science Is Not an Opinion

In a recent tweet, Donald Trump threw out this witticism: "In New York, March was the coldest month in recorded history - we could use some GLOBAL WARMING!" The capital letters and exclamation point are his, so sure is he of his deep insight that he must shout it out to the world.<p><b>Opinion, Fact,</b> …

A Mathematical Proof That The Universe Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Cosmologists assume that natural quantum fluctuations allowed the Big Bang to happen spontaneously. Now they have a mathematical proof<p>One of the …

This startup says it can find the algorithm that defines your data

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / phipatbig<p>Think about being a hospital that wants to improve survival rates for patients. You have lots …

Space News We Missed: Planet Biden, NASA Space Suit AMA, and a Ringed Asteroid

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>While we were focused on all the news that happened here on Earth this week, we neglected to keep up …

Cosmic Inflation & Gravitational Waves: Complete Coverage of Major Discovery

On March 17, 2014 scientists announced the first direct detection of the cosmic inflation behind the rapid expansion of the universe just a tiny …

NASA Takes You Through a Real-Life 'Cosmos'

Andromeda Galaxy

Green airglow shimmers atop translucent clouds as the Milky Way rises over a remote island off the northwest coast of Africa in a majestic photo recently sent to Space.com. See more of last week's best night sky photos: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/s9l6

Dark Matter Search Leaves Scientists Questioning Basic Theories

Ever since astronomers realized that most of the matter in the universe is invisible, they have tried to sort out what that obscure stuff might be. But three decades of increasingly sophisticated searches have found no sign of dark matter, causing scientists to question some of their basic ideas …

Four-Year-Old Lucas Whiteley's Questions for Nasa Get Unexpected Response

A four-year-old boy received an unexpected response from Nasa after submitting questions for the space agency through a video link.<p>Lucas Whiteley …

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1962

<b>The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1962</b><br>Francis Crick, James Watson, Maurice Wilkins<p>Share this:<p>The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine …

The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku, review

Michio Kaku's latest is a mind-bending study of the possibilities of the brain<p><b>Quadriplegics move artificial limbs with the mind</b>. Video games are directly controlled by the power of thought. A monkey’s brain connected to the internet can control an avatar on a video screen or a robot half a world …

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata has captured what might be one of his most beautiful photographs from space, a view of the moon setting over the limb of Earth: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/r0at

Scientists in Japan to put Stars-2 satellite into orbit to trial space cleanup

It sounds like an idea for a niche movie aimed at sci-fi anoraks: a floating magnetic net that harnesses tonnes of wayward space junk and makes the overcrowded orbital lanes above Earth's atmosphere safe for future exploration.<p>Yet that is what scientists in Japan will have in mind when they put a …

The man who proved Stephen Hawking wrong

He grew up in grinding poverty and was forever in trouble at school. So how did Leonard Susskind become one of the world’s greatest physicists?<p>The day that Leonard Susskind decided he was not going to follow his father into the family plumbing business, his parents were appalled. “My father was a …

Nasa Finds 715 New Planets, Some of Them Earth-like That Can Hold Life

Nasa has announced the discovery of 715 planets, almost doubling the number of known exoplanets in the universe.<p>The new findings, which take the …

Gallery of Jupiter Images from New Horizons

<b>Tvashtar's Plume</b><p>This dramatic image of Io was taken by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on New Horizons at 11:04 Universal Time on …

Andromeda's Dwarf-Galaxy Mashup --Astronomers Make a Surprising Discovery

"Stars in a dwarf galaxy often move around at random, but this is not exactly the case for Andromeda II. In particular we could see that a stream of …