Mathematics

  • The square root of 2

    The mathematical truth upset the ancient Pythagoreans.

    The Pythagorean philosophers of ancient Greece had a deep regard for numbers. Arithmetic and geometry were guarded as...

    Mathematics June 7, 2016
  • Computer cracks 200-terabyte maths proof

    The Boolean Pythagorean triples problem took 800 processors at the University of Texas Stampede s...

    The Stampede supercomputer on which the proof was run.UNIVERSITY OF TEXASEver struggled writing proofs in algebra cla...

    Mathematics May 31, 2016
  • Maths mystery solved after 40 years

    Georgia Tech mathematicians have offered a proof for graph theory's Kelmans-Seymour conjecture. B...

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    Mathematics May 30, 2016
  • A new way to explore the mathematical universe

    Scientists are expecting big things to come from a new online resource shows how mathematical obj...

    A nonholomorphic modular form is one of the many types of objects in the LMFDB. FREDRIK STROEMBERG ...

    Mathematics May 11, 2016
  • How butterflies control their twisty-turny flight

    Don't be fooled by the seemingly drunken flight of a butterfly – it's all under control. ...

    Butterflies are master flight manipulators. Their erratic bobbing and weaving has a purpose – to shake off predators ...

    Mathematics April 1, 2016
  • A hot mess: mathematically mapping the Sun's magnetic field

    The Sun's magnetic field is a giant mess of loops on a small scale, with large-scale poles th...

    There's no other way to phrase it: at first glance, the Sun's magnetic field is a mess.Unlike Earth's rel...

    Mathematics March 27, 2016
  • Warning system for rogue waves

    Sailors must contend with out-of-the-blue monster waves. Now, a new algorithm could give them a c...

    Stormy seas are one thing; but a monster wave out of the blue can demolish a ship without warning. – John Lund / Gett...

    Mathematics March 16, 2016
  • Book: Adam Spencer’s World of Numbers

    NON-FICTIONAdam Spencer’s World of Numbersby Adam SpencerXoum (2015)RRP $34.99Broadcaster and science geek Adam Spenc...

    Mathematics March 7, 2016
  • The art and beauty of mathematics

    Why couldn't high school mathematics be more like this? Basic concepts and equations produce ...

    9,000 Ellipses (1) – Hamid Naderi Yeganeh These delicate shapes aren’t whimsical penstrokes on a canvas han...

    Mathematics February 29, 2016
  • Probability and the birthday paradox

    How few people does it take to have one common birthdate amongst the group? The answer is counter...

    In mathematics, probability theory often goes against what feels “right” or “natural”, it can even seem illogical unt...

    Mathematics February 1, 2016
  • All systems Go! But what is it like to play against a computer?

    The artificial intelligence program that thrashed a human player at the complex strategy game Go ...

    Machines have bettered man at checkers and chess ... and now Go appears conquered. – Flickr/Reilly Butler C...

    Mathematics January 30, 2016
  • The number that fascinates physicists

    The fine-structure constant denoted by the Greek letter alpha.

    [caption id="attachment_6827" align="aligncenter" width="600"] God throws the number that holds the Universe together...

    Mathematics January 28, 2016
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