## How Many Aliens Are in the Milky Way? Astronomers Turn to Statistics for Answers

The tenets of Thomas Bayes, an 18th-century statistician and minister, underpin the latest estimates of the prevalence of extraterrestrial life

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The tenets of Thomas Bayes, an 18th-century statistician and minister, underpin the latest estimates of the prevalence of extraterrestrial life

July 16, 2020 — Anil Ananthaswamy

It’s known as the “curse of dimensionality,” and it’s why our estimates of how a disease will behave will always have imprecision

July 7, 2020 — Ben Klemens | Opinion

In 2023 every U.S. land surveyor will begin using a single international standard

June 26, 2020 — Leslie Nemo

A number can be tiny in relative terms but hugely important nonetheless

June 21, 2020 — Naomi Oreskes

The accuracy of screening tests is highly dependent on the infection rate

June 18, 2020 — Sarah Lewin Frasier

The strange power of complex analysis

June 6, 2020 — Evelyn Lamb | Opinion

Remembering “Euler’s spoilers,” who showed that special magic squares exist

June 5, 2020 — Evelyn Lamb

BEAM program manager Ruthi Hortsch shares her love of Faltings’s theorem

June 4, 2020 — Evelyn Lamb

This mathematician turns her research into fashion and toys

May 23, 2020 — Evelyn Lamb | Opinion

Using gravitational waves to approximate pi, physicists see no problem with Einstein’s theory

May 19, 2020 — Daniel Garisto

A new mathematical model predicts areas on a virus that might be especially vulnerable to disabling treatments

May 19, 2020 — Michael Dhar

Ben Orlin shares his favorite fractal curve

May 17, 2020 — Evelyn Lamb | Opinion

Here are resources for students, parents and other learners

May 16, 2020 — Evelyn Lamb | Opinion

Creating poetry with the fundamental theorem of arithmetic

May 3, 2020 — Evelyn Lamb | Opinion

Perron-Frobenius theorem and linear algebra have many virtues to extol

April 26, 2020 — Evelyn Lamb | Opinion

His creative and influential ideas spilled over into quantum physics, philosophy and computer science

April 20, 2020 — Elizabeth Landau | Opinion

Best known for inventing the game of Life, John H. Conway is adept at finding the theorems hidden in simple puzzles

April 17, 2020 — Mark Alpert

Christine Ladd-Franklin received a Ph.D. in 1926 for work completed in 1882

April 10, 2020 — Evelyn Lamb

But some experts say author Shinichi Mochizuki failed to fix a fatal flaw in the solution of a major arithmetic problem

April 3, 2020 — Davide Castelvecchi and Nature magazine

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