Mathematician Richard Schwartz explains why he loves problems he can start solving right away, and how computers can help
An algorithm originally designed to help robots move was useful in tackling an entirely different problem
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!
Neuroscientists are taking cues from cryptography to translate brain activity into movements
Why do Americans have such trouble with fractions—and what can be done?
Anyone who can understand tens, hundreds and thousands can develop habits and skills to accurately navigate millions, billions and trillions. Stay with me, especially if you’re math-averse
Amid the museum’s 2 million works of art lie numerous mathematical curiosities
Not getting a flu shot could endanger more than just one’s own health, herd immunity calculations show
A Towering Mathematical Activity from Science Buddies
From the peacock tail and the eyespots of a butterfly, to the evolving camouflage of the chameleon, nature loves patterns
A detective activity from Science Buddies
What causes the Moon to change phases throughout the month? Why is it sometimes visible only during the day and other times only at night? What’s the relationship between these times and the Moon’s phases? The answer in all cases is geometry.
Proof rests on a surprising link between infinity size and the complexity of mathematical theories
A geometry science project from Science Buddies
What’s the point of learning math? Why is it so important that kids are exposed to mathematical thinking? And what do parents and teachers need to know about learning real math? Keep on reading to find out.
A mathematician and her collaborators figured out how to predict electrons’ behavior by studying the mathematics of waves
A puzzling project from Science Buddies
The right mix of people who already know one another, of boys and girls--Ramsey numbers may hold the answer
The brilliant Stanford professor, killed by breast cancer at 40, worked with shapes unconstrained by the real world
How do they work? And how can you turn them into improper fractions? Keep on reading to find out!