Stephen Smale and the history of the Fields medal
Ingrid Daubechies shares the Tutte embedding theorem and how it can help biologists understand the evolution of teeth
The Berkeley math professor shares his favorite prime proofs
Because sometimes a Cantor set just wants to feel pretty
An analysis of the movement of some 40,000 people suggests most of us frequent only 25 places—and as we sub in new favorites, we drop old ones. Christopher Intagliata reports.
How artist Yayoi Kusama showed me the beauty of a favorite mathematical space
A growing movement argues that killing pi would make mathematics simpler, easier and even more beautiful
There are plenty of arguments for why the lesser known Greek letter should be as popular as its more famous cousin
To understand tau, you need to understand pi. Watch how mathematicians from Archimedes on have wrapped their heads around the math of circles.
From noodles to chaos
The Harvey Mudd College mathematician tells us why he loves playing with Brouwer's fixed-point theorem
A physicist decries the trend of chasing after aesthetically pleasing theories that lack empirical evidence
Following Kakeya’s needle to new mathematics
What is the meaning of this unassuming, mistranslated curve?
The Johns Hopkins University mathematician tells us why doing category theory is like playing the viola
An evolutionary analysis of pop tunes revealed that over the past 30 years songs have grown sadder—but the big hits buck that trend. Christopher Intagliata reports. ...
Born 300 years ago this month, Agnesi was the first woman to write a mathematics textbook and to be appointed to a university chair in math
Scientists have added radar info to seismic data, isotope measurements and optical imagery to study covert nuclear tests. Christopher Intagliata reports.
In which we are honored to be the second-favorite podcast appearance of the only MIT applied math graduate student who has played in the NFL
A matrix is an array of numbers, but it represents so much more