Film and book reviews from Scientific American’s May 2016 issue
The development of statistics, probability theory, game theory and chaos theory owes a lot to people trying to figure out various games of chance.
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).
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
Processing high-level math concepts uses the same neural networks as the basic math skills a child is born with
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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.
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?
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”
Last digits of nearby primes have "anti-sameness" bias
The mathematical odyssey, plus a guide to calculating pi for yourself
The mathematician is a scientific matchmaker, famous for collaborating with researchers from many disciplines and pairing others
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!
The discovery of ripples in spacetime will vindicate Einstein—but it can also do so much more
The physicist Subir Sachdev borrows tools from string theory to understand the puzzling behavior of superconductors
A clay tablet with cuneiform characters may contain a mathematical technique that was believed to be invented 1,400 years later
A new version of quantum theory sweeps away the bizarre paradoxes of the microscopic world. The cost? Quantum information exists only in your imagination
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.
Some set of numbers will definitely be drawn in the $1.3-billion Powerball Lottery, so all you have to do is make sure you hold every possible combination of numbers.