Imagine a stack of one dollar bills reaching from Los Angeles to Tijuana with exactly one $1,000 bill in the stack. The odds of any single ticket winning the lottery tonight are smaller than finding that
The Victorian mathematician's legacy goes beyond the first published computer program. Ada Lovelace's legacy is as contentious, perhaps, as her life as a female mathematician in the 1800s was colourful.
The mathematician John Allen Paulos marvels at his field’s counterintuitive proofs. Yet his earliest intellectual thrill was the discovery that numeracy could empower even a child. Do kids have an unheralded
It's the first such find in 30 years. A team of mathematicians has wowed the math world with their discovery of a new kind of pentagon capable of "tiling a plane"--that is, fitting together on a flat without
What's beautiful to you? A sunset? The face of a loved one? A favorite poem or song? Mathematicians sometimes say they find beauty in mathematical formulas, and a new brain scan study confirms that equations
A Fed study says yes. You should be smart enough to be skeptical—especially if you studied math. Students who advance further in high school math have higher wages and are less likely to be unemployed,
To find out which jobs offer the best opportunities for people who love math, we analyzed CareerCast's list of the top 200 occupations in 2013 and pulled out those jobs that require analytical math skills.
The Bridges Conference is an annual event that explores the connections between art and mathematics. Here is a selection of the work being exhibited this year, from a Pi pie which vibrates the number onto
The pentagon is not a shape you typically see used for tiling. Take a peek at your average bathroom tile pattern and you’ll probably see triangles, quadrilaterals, or hexagons–shapes that, when tessellated,