Mathematics

How ancient India pioneered fundamental math concepts centuries before Europe

It should come as no surprise that the first recorded use of the number zero, recently discovered to be made as early as the 3rd or 4th century, happened in India. Mathematics on the Indian subcontinent has a rich history going back over 3,000 years and thrived for centuries before similar advances …

Western Philosophy

Calculator: The Game is friendlier — and maybe more fun — than math homework

The humble calculator has never been so fun.<p>Players in this game are presented with a goal and a limited number of moves in which to reach it. But you don’t have access to the full range of mathematical operations. You’re given just a few mathematical possibilities (i.e., +2, -4, x5) and also some …

How Do You Like Them Rectangles?

Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up problems related to the things we hold dear around here: math, logic and probability. There are two …

It takes a mathematical village

Toronto's Fields Institute uses a team-based approach to encourage collaboration on real-life problems<p>For Claire Heffernan, a third-year student at McGill University, there has always been something satisfying about mathematics that other subjects can't quite deliver. With history or literature, …

Education

Here’s the key to teaching kids to be good problem-solvers

It's really quite simple, but not so easy ...<p>Confession time: I am not a problem-solver.<p>I want to be one. I mean, I like the idea of being a …

Parenting

Moonshine Link Discovered for Pariah Symmetries

A type of symmetry so unusual that it was called a “pariah” turns out to have deep connections to number theory.<p>In 1892, the mathematician Otto …

String Theory

What Is a Quantum Number?

Quantum Number Definition<p>A quantum number is a value that is used when describing the energy levels available to atoms and molecules. An electron in …

Quantum Mechanics

The math of doughnuts: 'Moonshine' sheds light on elliptic curves

Mathematicians have opened a new chapter in the theory of moonshine, one which begins to harness the power of the pariahs - sporadic simple groups …

Simple Multiple

The team loves puzzles about integers, so today’s problems are right up their alley.<p>Define an integer to be simple if it consists exclusively of …

Starting to Study Physics? Watch Out for These Common Mistakes

It's still near the beginning of the semester for most introductory physics courses—so it's not too late to give some physics advice. I know it might …

Physics

New York radio host loses it over statistics, starts rant against the Pythagorean theorem

It started with the Giants, and ended up being beef with euclidean geometry.<p>ESPN radio host Don La Greca hates math. He hates math more than anyone should reasonably hate math, and not in a “it was my worst subject in high school” way. On Wednesday La Greca went on a rambling, rant of the ages …

Thinking about some assumptions of Exploding Dots

Exploding Dots is having an energizing effect on school and college mathematics worldwide.<p>What started as an exercise in providing a visual …

Can You Solve The Teamwork Logic Puzzle?

<b>News: The Curiosity Podcast is here! Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, SoundCloud and RSS.</b><p>Math problems don't always mirror your …

Friday profile: Spinning towards a solution

Australian mathematician Sophie Calabretto is out to prove her field isn’t just the domain of strange old men. She outlines her strategy to Michael …

Australian Universities

Algebraic groups theory group schemes finite type over field | Geometry and topology

Algebraic groups play much the same role for algebraists as Lie groups play for analysts. This book is the first comprehensive introduction to the …

Make Numbers Fun With 'Math Fluxx'

We’re all well into the start of school now, and the last warmth of summer sun is waning. If that has cast a cloud of sadness over your house, may I …

Albert Clock: This digital timekeeper tests your math skills

Named after Albert Einstein, this digital clock uses math to tell you time.<p>Designer clocks can make a good style statement for those who want to turn …

Gear & Gadgets

September 21st

Stephan Ramon Garcia is Professor of Mathematics at Pomona College, a selective liberal arts college located in Southern California. Garcia grew up …

Education

Nothing matters: how the invention of zero helped create modern mathematics

A small dot on an old piece of birch bark marks one of the biggest events in the history of mathematics. The bark is actually part of an ancient …

Astronomer and Mathematician Al-Khwarizmi

<i>This profile of al-Khwarizmi is part of<br>Who's Who in Medieval History</i><p>Al-Khwarizmi​ was also known as:<p>Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa …

Infamous three-body problem has over a thousand new solutions

For more than 300 years, mathematicians have puzzled over the three-body problem – the question of how three objects orbit one another according to …

Finally, an online course for aspiring flying car engineers

Finally, an online course for aspiring flying car engineers<p>In the past year, flying cars have gone from LOL, to maybe a real thing, to a booming …

Calculus

York and Halton students score highest in EQAO testing among GTA school boards

Both Peel's public and Catholic school boards scored lower than provincial average<p>There's both good news and bad news for GTA students, parents and …

Education

Opinion 9 of Doron Zeilberger

Like most mathematicians who also occasionally read newspapers, I always enjoyed Gina Kolata's well-written articles on mathematics and …

Isle students’ science scores rise as English, math stay flat

Students in Hawaii’s public schools did better in science this year, but their English and math performance stagnated, according to the Strive HI …

Education

Don't Say "Times" When Teaching Multiplication (And What to Say Instead)

Math vocabulary can be tricky, full of words that students have never heard before or words that have alternate meanings in math than they do in …

Belief in success predicts how kids do in math and reading - Futurity

Kids' self-concept of their abilities in reading and math can affect how they do in those subjects—regardless of their level of achievement.

Culture

5 Math Technology Tools to Engage Students

« Considering North Korea Beyond the Headlines | Main<p><i>Editor's Note: Engaging students in math can be a challenge. Today, Fang Wang, a Chinese</i> …

21st Century Skills

The awards and rewards of grasping infinity

Two mathematicians who made a breakthrough in understanding infinity were recently given a medal. Their work itself reflects an unbounded progress in …

Remembering Lotfi Zadeh, the Inventor of Fuzzy Logic

One night in July, 1964, the logician Lotfi Zadeh found himself alone in his parents’ New York apartment, his dinner plans cancelled. At the time, Zadeh later wrote, he was doing “a lot of thinking about basic issues in systems analysis, especially the issue of unsharpness of class boundaries”—that …

Science