## How to Build a Better Learner

Brain studies suggest new ways to improve reading, writing and arithmetic—and even social skills

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Brain studies suggest new ways to improve reading, writing and arithmetic—and even social skills

May 1, 2016 — Gary Stix

Film and book reviews from *Scientific American*’s May 2016 issue

May 1, 2016 — Clara Moskowitz

The development of statistics, probability theory, game theory and chaos theory owes a lot to people trying to figure out various games of chance.

April 19, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Mathematician and author Adam Kucharski talks about his new book *The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling* (Basic Books, 2016).

April 14, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Mathematician Ken Ono describes how an inspiring mentor helped him redefine his relationship with numbers in this excerpt from his new book, written with mathematics writer Amir Aczel

April 13, 2016 — Ken Ono and Amir Aczel

Processing high-level math concepts uses the same neural networks as the basic math skills a child is born with

April 12, 2016 — Jordana Cepelewicz

Top news from around the world

April 10, 2016

Recommendations from *Scientific American*

April 1, 2016 — Jennifer Hackett

In a world filled with complex networks, can mathematical tools bring order and predictability to the chaos? *Nature *Video finds out.
*This article was reproduced with permission and was first published on February 17, 2016. It is a *Nature* Video production. *

March 30, 2016 — Nature Video

In this special edition of 60-Second Science Video, two numbers compete. Which is larger? The number of tiny LEGO bricks it would take to build the Great Pyramid or the number of trees on Earth?

March 23, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

What do you get when you put a real and an imaginary number together? A complex number. No, not a complicated number (although it is kind of complicated). We’re talking about an entirely new set of numbers dubbed “complex”

March 16, 2016 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

Last digits of nearby primes have "anti-sameness" bias

March 14, 2016 — Evelyn Lamb and Nature magazine

The mathematical odyssey, plus a guide to calculating pi for yourself

March 14, 2016 — Xiaojing Ye and The Conversation

The mathematician is a scientific matchmaker, famous for collaborating with researchers from many disciplines and pairing others

March 9, 2016 — Siobhan Roberts and Quanta Magazine

Do you know what a limit is in math? Do you know how to define a circle using this idea? And do you know why you might want to? Keep on reading to find out!

February 17, 2016 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

The discovery of ripples in spacetime will vindicate Einstein—but it can also do so much more

February 10, 2016 — Davide Castelvecchi and Nature magazine

The physicist Subir Sachdev borrows tools from string theory to understand the puzzling behavior of superconductors

February 4, 2016 — Kevin Hartnett and Quanta Magazine

A clay tablet with cuneiform characters may contain a mathematical technique that was believed to be invented 1,400 years later

February 1, 2016 — Megan Gannon and LiveScience

A new version of quantum theory sweeps away the bizarre paradoxes of the microscopic world. The cost? Quantum information exists only in your imagination

December 1, 2015 — Hans Christian von Baeyer

Sophisticated computational techniques make it possible to analyze gene samples from all the bacteria in the gut at once to take a census of the species present.

January 18, 2016 — Cynthia Graber

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