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
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
It’s mostly an art festival, but attendees are impressively fascinated with science and math
The pioneering mathematician overcame barriers of racism and misogyny to help develop U.S. human spaceflight
Images and sculptures inspired by mathematical principles show off the intense beauty of the discipline
The Fields Medals have been awarded to four researchers who work on number theory, geometry and network analysis
Why you should give the award to me
An analysis of the movement of some 40,000 people suggests most of us frequent only 25 places—and as we sub in new favorites, we drop old ones. Christopher Intagliata reports.
A growing movement argues that killing pi would make mathematics simpler, easier and even more beautiful
To understand tau, you need to understand pi. Watch how mathematicians from Archimedes on have wrapped their heads around the math of circles.
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