India, home of the number zero, ends a yearlong math party in unique fashion
Although large-scale food production carries some risks that can be minimized via hygiene and heat treatment, manufacturers have to take additional steps to assure consumer safety
A Manhattan museum for math
Brubeck's music doesn't swing the way jazz "should," but it combines novelty and familiarity in a way that stimulates the brain
James Abram Garfield was born on this day, November 19, in 1831. Had an unstable, delusional stalker's bullets and nineteenth-century medical "care" not cut short his life just six months into his presidency, he would be 181 today (more on that later)...
Air bags for cyclists, paper without trees, robot lifeguards, and more
Articles, studies and U.S. Census data focusing on wealth inequality rely on the Gini coefficient. How is it calculated, and what does it tell us?
The moustache was a controversial facial adornment in the early days of Scientific American, but the magazine contained some spectacular specimens nonetheless
A Wikipedia edit-a-thon seems like a fitting tribute to the woman many consider to be the first computer programmer. October 16 is Ada Lovelace Day, an annual observation designed to raise awareness of the contributions of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines...
Mathematician Maria Chudnovsky and stringed instrument bow-maker Benoît Rolland are among the most recent grant recipients
For decades, scientists have been trying to solve a tough question: if the Internet runs out of cat pictures, can we generate more using advanced mathematics?* A paper posted on the arxiv earlier this month by mathematicians Kathryn Lindsey and the late William Thurston calms fears about "peak cat." In the paper, they describe a method of approximating the outline of a cat or other object using the Julia sets of polynomials.What’s a Julia set?...
Whenever Scientific American posts an article about electric cars, we see comments along the lines of "electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, so electric cars don't really reduce your carbon footprint, and the electricity is more expensive than gas anyway," possibly with more expletives...
Born in 1912, mathematician, amateur astronomer, politician, wife and mother Ollerenshaw is still as sharp as ever
A look at the newly discovered Kepler 47 exoplanetary system and the mathematical models that describe it
A 68-millimeter-thick instrument produces the best-quality sound