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...
How to calculate percentages is easier than you think. Quick, what’s 36% of 25? Or how about 250% of 20? Learn a quick and dirty tip to help you calculate all of those pesky percentages in your head...
Barbara Kiser, books and arts editor at Nature, talks about her favorite science books of 2016, especially three works about the little-known history of women mathematicians.
Where does the shortstop play in a paradigm shift?
An artistic science project from Science Buddies
Flu forecasts within large metro areas like New York City might be improved by adding in data about the flow of commuters. Christopher Intagliata reports.
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.