Do you know what it is that a light-year actually measures? Do you know why so many people find it confusing? And why they really shouldn’t?
When polls try to tease out what a group of people is thinking, what are they measuring and how can they go wrong?
New NIMH chief Joshua Gordon says he will focus on quick wins, brain circuits and mathematical rigor
Fourth- and eighth-graders score better than before, but weak gains and overall poor marks hint at long way to go
For this puzzle with over 43 quintillion permutations, author Ian Scheffler explains how players have found the most efficient route to resolving a Rubik’s cube.
Learn how to use statistics to understand the significance of the latest political polling results and to keep yourself from being duped by misleading information
Author and “Speedcuber” Ian Scheffler reveals some of the math behind how you could solve the Rubik’s cube puzzle.
Research shows that an emphasis on memorization, rote procedures and speed impairs learning and achievement
Computer scientists have come up with an algorithm that can fairly divide a cake among any number of people
A top secret science project
David J. Thouless, F. Duncan Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz split the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.
The modified version of the sieve of Eratosthenes could accelerate computer calculations
It’s the last standard of measurement that is still based on a physical object—but it will soon be derived from a mathematical constant
What are half-lives? And what do they have to do with measuring the age of the solar system and predicting the effects of a morning cup of coffee? Keep on reading to find out!
A centering science activity
A rare appearance by enigmatic Shinichi Mochizuki brings faint optimism about his famously impenetrable work
Jim Papadopoulos has spent a lifetime pondering the maths of bikes in motion. Now his work has found fresh momentum
Creators factor in “origin-of-life” events and available building blocks
Ukrainian mathematician Maryna Viazovska recently figured out how spheres could be efficiently arranged in eight and 24 dimensions
The mathematician Ken Ono believes that the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan—mathematical savant and two-time college dropout—holds valuable lessons for how we find and reward hidden genius