A calendrical-linguistic coincidence leads to a thrice-in-a-century holiday.
Contemplating communication with Claude Shannon
It's a ubiquitous badge of mathematical pride. But what *is* it?
How a routine trip to the art museum became a meditation on the empty set
Wilson's theorem is why we can't have nice things
A post to commemorate this blog's fourth trip around the sun
Because prime numbers didn't let us down this year.
All train lines lead to Paris
The program is over when the data have yielded an answer or chosen not to
How I would revamp the Breakthrough Prize
A familiar shape gets weird
"The One Moment" is made possible by numbers
Weyl's eulogy for Emmy Noether starts to sound like a eulogy for German mathematics
Paul Erdős versus. Moore's law
The fractal you can make with candy corn
Not long ago, I noticed that I had six Facebook friends with the same birthday, and none of them knew each other. Here's why I was excited.
Margot Lee Shetterly's book about NASA's black women mathematicians and engineers is timely and eye-opening
The golden ratio is familiar to many math enthusiasts—what about the silver ratio? Bronze? Aluminum?
If you're baffled by the phrase “theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter,” we're here to help
Any two rings are disconnected from one another, but together they cannot be separated