Mathematics

  • Fitter kids are better at maths, researchers say

    Youth that are aerobically fit have thinner grey matter than others.

    Nine and 10-year-old children who are aerobically fit tend to have significantly thinner grey matter than those who a...

    Mathematics August 13, 2015
  • Equations to untangle 'controlled chaos'

    Mathematician devises way to improve complex critical systems.

    A new mathematician framework that more effectively analyses "controlled chaos" could potentially be used to improve ...

    Mathematics July 14, 2015
  • What's the world's favourite number?

    Author Alex Bellos on the world’s favourite number and why.

    Alex Bellos, author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland and The Guardian's maths blog, explains how he came to researc...

    Mathematics July 1, 2015
  • Why X marks the unknown

    How the letter X became an algebra star.

    The letter X stands for the unknown or the mysterious: Project X; the X-Men; the X-Files. When physicist Wilhelm Rönt...

    Mathematics June 15, 2015
  • MH370 must have hit ocean in nosedive

    Why no trace was found of missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

    A team of mathematicians has suggested that the reason why no trace was found of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH3...

    Mathematics June 11, 2015
  • Students comprehending mathematics

    Concentrate on identifying and creating patterns when young.

    Researchers at Notre Dame University have been studying why some children have such difficulty understanding mathemat...

    Mathematics June 1, 2015
  • Are physicists saner than mathematicians?

    Physicist J Willard Gibbs certainly thought so.

    The American physicist J Willard Gibbs thought so, defining the difference as "a mathematician can say what he likes....

    Mathematics March 13, 2015
  • Celebrating pi!

    There’s more to pi than meets the eye.

    He’s a nerd, I guess! You may not have noticed, but the sentence above is written in “pilish”, a style of constraine...

    Mathematics March 9, 2015
  • Seduced by calculus

    2010 Fields Medal was won by a French mathematician.

    The French mathematician Cédric Villaniis no ordinary looking university professor. Handsome and slender, with a boyi...

    Mathematics February 16, 2015
  • Art inspires the magic Rubik's cube

    Most popular puzzle of 20th century began life as an artwork.

    The joy puzzle lovers derive from solving a good puzzle is matched only by the frustration felt by those of us who ar...

    Mathematics January 27, 2015
  • The unbeatable poker-playing program

    Artificial intelligence knows when to hold ’em and fold ’em.

    When it comes to games, machines have left us in the dust – we’ve been trounced at draughts, chess, even the TV quiz ...

    Mathematics January 19, 2015
  • Naughty numbers in the news

    Statisticians pained to see data misused by politicians and media.

    I love numbers. As a small boy I used to write down car registration plates, and when it came to my toy cars I’d line...

    Mathematics October 12, 2013
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