Mathematics

Solving crime with blood and maths
Pattern analysis technique will help crime scene investigators.
US researchers have developed a new way to interpret spattered bloodstains, potentially enabling police to reconstruc...

What will it take for us to trust algorithms?
A part of life, but that sometimes makes us uncomfortable.
An algorithm is just following rules designed either directly or indirectly by a human. Credit: Shutterstock/Billion ...

Monte Carlo may save Naples
Researchers combine stress and statistics to refine eruption risk.
Contrary to cartoon depictions, volcanoes rarely erupt more than once from the same hole. In some cases, explosive ej...

What are the odds of beating cancer?
Trying to better predict outcomes using ‘ingame probability’.
Medical researchers in the US are developing an algorithm they hope can generate more accurate prognoses for cancer p...

History
Huygens, the horological hero
In a period of scientific greats, a Dutchman was second to none.
In Quicksilver, the first volume of his immense threepart “Baroque Cycle” work of historical fiction, author Neal St...

Digitally deconstructing Beethoven
Statistics & musicology combine to illuminate composer’s work.
Beethoven's music was dominated by just a few major chords, researchers suggest. That’s not a criticism; it’s their ...

Acting success is a function of maths
Machine analysis fails to give hope to struggling performers.
Success in showbusiness, at least according to cynics and more than a few outofwork actors, does not depend on tale...

The mathematical link: snowflakes and teeth
Formula for crystal growth can predict enamel distribution.
A formula used by mathematicians and physicists to describe the formation of snowflakes is proving equally useful in ...

Conversation
The mathematics of scale
Fractals are critical tool for measuring & understanding.
Breathe. As your lungs expand, air fills 500 million tiny alveoli, each a fraction of a millimeter across. As you exh...

History: Einstein’s mathematician
Overcame obstacles to become a towering mathematician.
Amalie Emmy Noether was born on 23 March 1882, in the Bavarian city of Erlangen. Her father, Max Noether, was called...

Conversation
Number crunching without fear
Maths anxiety can be made a thing of the past.
It’s fair to say maths is not everyone’s favourite subject. In fact, for many people, the feelings of tension and anx...

Kilogram, amp, and kelvin set to change
A shift from physical artefact to natural constant.
From Monday, 20 May, the official definitions for several units – including the kilogram, the ampere and the kelvin –...