Researchers have trotted out data that show a combination of whipping and stomping forces is what causes laces to unravel without warning. Karen Hopkin reports.
How large was the crowd at the recent U.S. presidential inauguration? Or the inauguration eight years ago? Keep on reading to find out how crowd sizes are estimated
Mathematician Eugenia Cheng will describe how cooking can offer insight into abstract math
Immersive experience set to become accessible to all
Yves Meyer wins the Abel Prize for development of a theory with applications ranging from watching movies to detecting gravitational waves
Researchers used ancient climate cycles to confirm the solar system’s chaotic planetary orbits. An Earth–Mars collision is one distant outcome. Julia Rosen reports.
A project that measures up
For centuries mathematicians tried to solve problems by adding new values to the usual numbers. Now they’re investigating the unintended consequences of that tinkering
For thousands of years people have struggled to pin down pi. Watch how mathematicians from Archimedes on have wrapped their heads around the math of circles.
Are we alone in the universe? If so, why? If not, where is everybody? Thankfully, math can help us with these astronomically profound questions
The simplicity of the stains' repeating patterns is key to why we see so many images in them
A new solution to a decades-old geometry puzzle might unlock the secrets of our planet's inner structure
Great literature is surprisingly arithmetic
Asking people how many others agree with them could yield more accurate estimates
The long-running effort to ditch the decaying, 19th-century artifact that defines the kilogram nears its conclusion
Chemists have synthesized the most complex molecular knot ever, using a strand just 192 atoms long. The advance could lead to new tougher materials. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Feldman creates mathematical models that reveal how cultural traditions can affect the evolution of a species
How to calculate percentages is easier than you think. Quick, what’s 36% of 25? Or how about 250% of 20? Learn a quick and dirty tip to help you calculate all of those pesky percentages in your head.
Barbara Kiser, books and arts editor at Nature, talks about her favorite science books of 2016, especially three works about the little-known history of women mathematicians.
Where does the shortstop play in a paradigm shift?