Mathematics

  • A mathematician, idolised

    GPS collaborator depicted in beautiful artwork.

    This is a portrait of mathematician Gladys West, made by an artist called Geneva B who hails from North Carolina. We...

    Mathematics March 5, 2019
  • Mathematics identify species extinction risks

    Calculating outcomes will help pinpoint populations at risk.

    A critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. CREDIT: Shutterstock/JB Manning It’s now possible to predict how li...

    Mathematics March 3, 2019
  • Mathematicians zero in on the birth of Hypatia

    Probability theory deployed to recalculate birth date.

    She was born in Egypt, at Alexandria, in an era in which women were not considered equals to men. However, her father...

    Mathematics November 13, 2018
  • Man who tried to measure weather & war

    Lewis Fry Richardson – morality should always trump science.

    Lewis Fry Richardson was one of the first people to apply maths and physics to the science of weather forecasting. N...

    Mathematics October 1, 2018
  • How to win at Nim

    Learning patterns is the key to this strategy game.

    Nim is a popular strategy game the world over. Play is simple: Players take turns removing counters (coins or matchst...

    Mathematics September 16, 2018
  • The mathematics of mass extinction

    Biodiversity catastrophes perceived as emergent properties.

    With the exception of the asteroid-induced Cretaceous–Paleogene event 66 million years ago, mass extinctions tend not...

    Mathematics September 9, 2018
  • The algebraic numbers

    Polynomials creates beautiful patterns in complex plane.

    This is a picture of the algebraic numbers in the complex plane.  What does that mean?  Well, algebraic numbers are ...

    Mathematics September 9, 2018
  • The mathematics of malaria

    Modelling new strains of disease produced surprising results.

    One of the big mysteries surrounding malaria is why drug-resistant strains of the mosquito-borne disease tend to emer...

    Mathematics August 30, 2018
  • Gender roles in war play out by the numbers

    When evolution & mathematics combine, bloodshed results.

    The reason warfare is overwhelmingly conducted by men rather than women may lie in brute mathematics, researchers say...

    Mathematics August 19, 2018
  • Aussie Fields Medalist speaks

    Akshay Venkatesh shares mathematics’ top honour.

    Credit: Australian Academy of Science An Australian mathematician with tenure at America’s Stanford University was o...

    Mathematics August 6, 2018
  • Judging the sports judges

    Eccentric & dishonest scoring during elite sporting comps.

    A new study published on the preprint server arXiv – and thus awaiting peer review – has placed scoring judges in spo...

    Mathematics August 5, 2018
  • The comet calculator: Nicole-Reine Lepaute

    Nicole-Reine Lepaute predicted the return date of Halley’s comet.

    On 5 January 1723, Nicole-Reine Étable de la Brière was born in the Luxembourg Palace in Paris, the ancient seat of t...

    Mathematics July 29, 2018
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