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What Is a Light-Year?

Do you know what it is that a light-year actually measures? Do you know why so many people find it confusing? And why they really shouldn’t?

2 hours ago — Math Dude Jason Marshall

The Math behind the Polls

When polls try to tease out what a group of people is thinking, what are they measuring and how can they go wrong?

November 29, 2016 — Lydia Chain

How to Use Statistics to Understand Poll Results

Learn how to use statistics to understand the significance of the latest political polling results and to keep yourself from being duped by misleading information

October 26, 2016 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

Solving the Rubik's Equation

Author and “Speedcuber” Ian Scheffler reveals some of the math behind how you could solve the Rubik’s cube puzzle.

October 24, 2016 — Lydia Chain

The Mathematics of Cake Cutting

Computer scientists have come up with an algorithm that can fairly divide a cake among any number of people

October 13, 2016 — Erica Klarreich and Quanta Magazine

Nobel in Physics for Secrets of Exotic Matter

David J. Thouless, F. Duncan Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz split the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.  

October 4, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

What Does Half-Life Mean?

What are half-lives? And what do they have to do with measuring the age of the solar system and predicting the effects of a morning cup of coffee? Keep on reading to find out!

August 17, 2016 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

Inspired by Genius: How a Mathematician Found His Way

The mathematician Ken Ono believes that the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan—mathematical savant and two-time college dropout—holds valuable lessons for how we find and reward hidden genius

June 4, 2016 — John Pavlus and Quanta Magazine

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