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Chemical π

Using the periodic table to memorize that celebrated number

March 14, 2019 — John Conway and The Mathematical Intelligencer

The Entertainer

In praise of Raymond Smullyan: logician, magician, mathematician, puzzlist and philosopher

February 26, 2019 — Jim Henle and The Mathematical Intelligencer

Loopy Particle Math  

Scientists are creating mathematical tools to identify novel particles and phenomena at the world's largest particle accelerator

December 26, 2018 — Matthew von Hippel

Data Reveals Most Influential Movies

By analyzing the network connections between 47,000 films on IMDb, researchers found the most influential films ever made. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

December 5, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Proofs and Guarantees

We can prove things in math, but does that mean they’re true?

November 9, 2018 — James Robert Brown and The Mathematical Intelligencer

Do the Golden State Warriors Have Hot Hands?

Scoring streaks have long fascinated sports professionals and researchers, yet they are not close to consensus on the right way to think about the issue

October 18, 2018 — Alon Daks, Nishant Desai, Lisa R. Goldberg and The Mathematical Intelligencer

The Unsolvable Problem

After a years-long intellectual journey, three mathematicians have discovered that a problem of central importance in physics is impossible to solve—and that means other big questions may be undecidable, too...

October 9, 2018 — Toby S. Cubitt, David Pérez-García and Michael Wolf

Burning Man's Mathematical Underbelly

It’s mostly an art festival, but attendees are impressively fascinated with science and math...

September 14, 2018 — Seth Stannard Cottrell and The Mathematical Intelligencer
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine