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...

Computer cracks 200terabyte 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...

Maths mystery solved after 40 years
Georgia Tech mathematicians have offered a proof for graph theory's KelmansSeymour conjecture. B...
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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 ...

How butterflies control their twistyturny 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 ...

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 largescale 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...

Warning system for rogue waves
Sailors must contend with outoftheblue 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...

Book: Adam Spencer’s World of Numbers
NONFICTIONAdam Spencer’s World of Numbersby Adam SpencerXoum (2015)RRP $34.99Broadcaster and science geek Adam Spenc...

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...

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...

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...

The number that fascinates physicists
The finestructure constant denoted by the Greek letter alpha.
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