Mathematics

Mathematicians conclude MH370 must have hit ocean in nosedive
A team of mathematicians has suggested that the reason why no trace was found of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH3...

Understanding how students comprehend mathematics
Researchers at Notre Dame University have been studying why some children have such difficulty understanding mathemat...

What's Cheryl's birthday? How to solve Singapore's viral maths problem
A school maths question posted on Facebook by a Singaporean TV presenter has gone viral, stumping thousands worldwide...

Are physicists saner than mathematicians?
The American physicist J Willard Gibbs thought so, defining the difference as "a mathematician can say what he likes....

Celebrating pi  our favourite nonwhole number
There's more to pi than meets the eye, writes Alex Bellos.
He’s a nerd, I guess!You may not have noticed, but the sentence above is written in “pilish”, a style of constrained ...

Seduced by calculus
The 2010 Fields Medal was won by a French mathematician captivated by the crowning mathematical a...
The French mathematician Cédric Villani is no ordinary looking university professor. Handsome and slender, with a boy...

Art inspires the magic Rubik's cube
The greatest and most popular puzzle of the 20th century began life as an artwork, writes Jason E...
Initially Erno Rubik was unsure he would be able to solve the puzzle he had unwittingly made, right. – istockphoto ...

The unbeatable pokerplaying program
Artificial intelligence knows when to hold ’em and fold ’em better than any human. By Belinda Smith.
A royal flush is about the only way you are likely to beat the Cepheus program at poker. – istockphoto When...

Naughty numbers in the news
Statisticians are sensitive souls pained to see data misused by politicians and the media. It’s t...
ISTOCK I love numbers. As a small boy I used to write down car registration plates, and when it came to my ...