What does it really mean for a satellite to orbit the Earth? What’s the math behind it? And what’s the math behind the rockets that get those satellites into orbit? Keep on reading to find out!
Nadine Gaab, an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and Jennifer Zuk, a doctoral student at Harvard University, answer:
When tiny particles of space debris slam into satellites, the collision could cause the emission of hardware-frying radiation. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Researchers have trotted out data that show a combination of whipping and stomping forces is what causes laces to unravel without warning. Karen Hopkin reports.
How large was the crowd at the recent U.S. presidential inauguration? Or the inauguration eight years ago? Keep on reading to find out how crowd sizes are estimated
Mathematician Eugenia Cheng will describe how cooking can offer insight into abstract math
Immersive experience set to become accessible to all
Yves Meyer wins the Abel Prize for development of a theory with applications ranging from watching movies to detecting gravitational waves
Researchers used ancient climate cycles to confirm the solar system’s chaotic planetary orbits. An Earth–Mars collision is one distant outcome. Julia Rosen reports.
A project that measures up
For centuries mathematicians tried to solve problems by adding new values to the usual numbers. Now they’re investigating the unintended consequences of that tinkering
For thousands of years people have struggled to pin down pi. Watch how mathematicians from Archimedes on have wrapped their heads around the math of circles.
Are we alone in the universe? If so, why? If not, where is everybody? Thankfully, math can help us with these astronomically profound questions
The simplicity of the stains' repeating patterns is key to why we see so many images in them
A new solution to a decades-old geometry puzzle might unlock the secrets of our planet's inner structure
Great literature is surprisingly arithmetic
Asking people how many others agree with them could yield more accurate estimates
The long-running effort to ditch the decaying, 19th-century artifact that defines the kilogram nears its conclusion
Chemists have synthesized the most complex molecular knot ever, using a strand just 192 atoms long. The advance could lead to new tougher materials. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Feldman creates mathematical models that reveal how cultural traditions can affect the evolution of a species