Mathematical modeling reveals the mechanical forces that guide the development of mollusk spirals, spines and ribs
A surprisingly silly science activity from Science Buddies
A column about the surprising cultural, structural, philosophical, and mystical features common to mathematics and food
Understanding this type of instability can prevent catastrophic failures and help generate power
The source of knuckle cracking sounds is much debated—but new mathematical models may reconcile two opposing views. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Nearly every basketball player, coach or fan believes that some shooters have an uncanny tendency to experience the hot hand
Robert Langlands’ ideas unearthed connections within mathematics that have helped to solve centuries-old problems and aided researchers in disparate fields
Do fake coins really need a lawyer’s protection in the courtroom?
Steven Bogart, a mathematics instructor at Georgia Perimeter College, answers
Somewhere between the opposing forces of “favorites” and “underdogs” lies a winning solution
Congelation ice, unlike “snow ice,” grows slowly downward from the surface of a calm lake in a vertical, column-like fashion with horizontal interlocking grains
The fate of a free throw is set the instant the ball leaves the player’s fingertips
Machine learning could speed up diagnoses and improve accuracy
High-quality beams could be among the first practical applications of the booming field of topological physics
Mathematician Richard Schwartz explains why he loves problems he can start solving right away, and how computers can help
An algorithm originally designed to help robots move was useful in tackling an entirely different problem
How can you measure time without using a stopwatch? You could use the movement of the Sun across the sky, watch a pendulum swing, or burn some very special string. Keep on reading to find out how it works!
Neuroscientists are taking cues from cryptography to translate brain activity into movements
Why do Americans have such trouble with fractions—and what can be done?