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Inspired by Genius: How a Mathematician Found His Way

The mathematician Ken Ono believes that the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan—mathematical savant and two-time college dropout—holds valuable lessons for how we find and reward hidden genius

June 4, 2016 — John Pavlus and Quanta Magazine

How to Use Stars to Find Your Latitude

Have you ever wondered how people figured out their latitude back in the days before the Internet? Did you know you can use the same math trick they used to pinpoint your latitude today? Keep on reading to find out how it works

May 25, 2016 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

Epic Math Battles: Go versus Atoms

In this special edition of 60-Second Science Video, two numbers compete. Which is larger? The number of possible positions in the ancient game of go or the number of atoms in the entire universe?

May 19, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Sean M. Carroll Looks at The Big Picture

Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about his new book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. (Dutton, 2016)  

May 12, 2016 — Sean M. Carroll and Steve Mirsky

Everything There Is

Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about the necessary connections among the various ways we have of describing the universe.  

May 11, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Gambling Gave Science Some Lucky Breaks

The development of statistics, probability theory, game theory and chaos theory owes a lot to people trying to figure out various games of chance.    

April 19, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

How I Learned the Art of Math [Excerpt]

Mathematician Ken Ono describes how an inspiring mentor helped him redefine his relationship with numbers in this excerpt from his new book, written with mathematics writer Amir Aczel

April 13, 2016 — Ken Ono and Amir Aczel

Ants versus Plants: Networks Need Complexity for Resilience

In a world filled with complex networks, can mathematical tools bring order and predictability to the chaos? Nature Video finds out.This article was reproduced with permission and was first published on February 17, 2016. It is a Nature Video production. 

March 30, 2016 — Nature Video

Epic Math Battles: LEGO versus Trees

In this special edition of 60-Second Science Video, two numbers compete. Which is larger? The number of tiny LEGO bricks it would take to build the Great Pyramid or the number of trees on Earth?

March 23, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

What Are Complex Numbers?

What do you get when you put a real and an imaginary number together? A complex number. No, not a complicated number (although it is kind of complicated). We’re talking about an entirely new set of numbers dubbed “complex”

March 16, 2016 — Math Dude Jason Marshall