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How Seashells Take Shape

Mathematical modeling reveals the mechanical forces that guide the development of mollusk spirals, spines and ribs

5 minutes ago — Derek E. Moulton, Alain Goriely and Régis Chirat

The Same, Only Different

A column about the surprising cultural, structural, philosophical, and mystical features common to mathematics and food

April 4, 2018 — Jim Henle and The Mathematical Intelligencer

Math Cracks a Knuckle-Cracking Mystery

The source of knuckle cracking sounds is much debated—but new mathematical models may reconcile two opposing views. Christopher Intagliata reports.

March 29, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

"Grand Unified Theory of Math" Nets Abel Prize

Robert Langlands’ ideas unearthed connections within mathematics that have helped to solve centuries-old problems and aided researchers in disparate fields

March 20, 2018 — Davide Castelvecchi and Nature magazine

Privacy and Counterfeit Coins

Do fake coins really need a lawyer’s protection in the courtroom?

March 20, 2018 — Nicholas Diaco, Tanya Khovanova and The Mathematical Intelligencer

How to Measure Time Without a Stopwatch

How can you measure time without using a stopwatch? You could use the movement of the Sun across the sky, watch a pendulum swing, or burn some very special string. Keep on reading to find out how it works!

December 30, 2017 — Math Dude Jason Marshall
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