mathematics

  • The AI making waves in complex mathematics

    Researchers are starting to use AI to develop and test abstract mathematical theorems – with surp...

    Artificial intelligence is used across myriad disciplines to trawl through troves of data too complex for the human b...

    AI December 3, 2021
  • History

    Claude Shannon turns us on

    Mathematician, electrical engineer, cryptographer and ‘the father of information theory’.

    Claude Shannon was a 22-year-old graduate student in 1938, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the renowned...

    Mathematics November 28, 2021
  • George Boole executes a search

    The self-taught maths genius who reached the Everest of logic.

    George Boole was born on 2 November 1815 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, in the East Midlands of England. He spent his care...

    Mathematics October 31, 2021
  • Do fractals exist in nature?

    Finding fractals in nature isn’t too hard – you just need to look. But capturing them in images l...

    What are fractals? Fractals are objects in which the same patterns occur again and again at different scales and siz...

    Mathematics October 1, 2021
  • A mathematician watches The Number 23

    Once every decade or so, a film based on numerical ideas attempts to leap into the popular realm....

    Warning: spoilers, for this fourteen-year-old film, ahead. Additional warning: the mathematical reasoning displaye...

    Core Sciences September 17, 2021
  • When bus timetables and particle physics collide

    The challenges of mathematics equate to the most exciting new frontiers of science.

    Imagine taking a time-lapse photograph of a clear sky at night. The photograph will be filled with circular arcs of l...

    Australia September 10, 2021
  • A new angle on ancient trigonometry

    Ancient Greeks were said to have discovered trigonometry. But Australian detective work gives the...

    This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 6 August 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly...

    Australia August 13, 2021
  • A new angle on ancient trigonometry

    Ancient Greeks were said to have discovered trigonometry. But Australian detective work gives the...

    For some people, the word “trigonometry” conjures up images of right-angled triangles, or maybe even our old friends ...

    Civilisations August 6, 2021
  • Cosmos Pi-ku 2021 competition

    Celebrate all that’s good about maths by making a poem of it.

    March 14 is International Day of Mathematics – UNESCO declared it so at its 40th General Conference in 2019 – and als...

    Core Sciences March 14, 2021
  • Snakes move like sine waves

    The physics of sidewinder snake movement.

    Physicists have long studied the unique movement of snakes, and now they have proof that there’s more to snakeskin th...

    Core Sciences February 3, 2021
  • History

    Shakuntala Devi counts her blessings

    The ‘human computer’ had a variety of interests.

    Think of the boxy grey desktop computer that sat on your desk, or the massive grey tower computer under your desk, or...

    Core Sciences December 17, 2020
  • Sometimes maths just doesn’t cut it

    Even computers struggle with packing things well.

    If you struggle to use space optimally when cutting out lots of shapes or packing a drawer, then feel free to give up...

    Core Sciences December 9, 2020
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