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The Mathematics of Cake Cutting

Computer scientists have come up with an algorithm that can fairly divide a cake among any number of people

October 13, 2016 — Erica Klarreich and Quanta Magazine

Nobel in Physics for Secrets of Exotic Matter

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.  

October 4, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

What Does Half-Life Mean?

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!

August 17, 2016 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

Inspired by Genius: How a Mathematician Found His Way

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

June 4, 2016 — John Pavlus and Quanta Magazine

How to Use Stars to Find Your Latitude

Have you ever wondered how people figured out their latitude back in the days before the Internet? Did you know you can use the same math trick they used to pinpoint your latitude today? Keep on reading to find out how it works

May 25, 2016 — Math Dude Jason Marshall

Epic Math Battles: Go versus Atoms

In this special edition of 60-Second Science Video, two numbers compete. Which is larger? The number of possible positions in the ancient game of go or the number of atoms in the entire universe?

May 19, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Sean M. Carroll Looks at The Big Picture

Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about his new book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. (Dutton, 2016)  

May 12, 2016 — Sean M. Carroll and Steve Mirsky

Everything There Is

Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about the necessary connections among the various ways we have of describing the universe.  

May 11, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Gambling Gave Science Some Lucky Breaks

The development of statistics, probability theory, game theory and chaos theory owes a lot to people trying to figure out various games of chance.   

April 19, 2016 — Steve Mirsky