A physicist decries the trend of chasing after aesthetically pleasing theories that lack empirical evidence
An evolutionary analysis of pop tunes revealed that over the past 30 years songs have grown sadder—but the big hits buck that trend. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Born 300 years ago this month, Agnesi was the first woman to write a mathematics textbook and to be appointed to a university chair in math
Scientists have added radar info to seismic data, isotope measurements and optical imagery to study covert nuclear tests. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Thierry Zomahoun, president of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, talks about the potential and needs of science on the continent.
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