mathematics

Math Bee

Honey Bees Are the First Insect Known to Grasp the Concept of Zero

By giving bees visual math quizzes, scientists discovered that these insects know a null set when they see one.
Becky Ferreira
6.7.18
Math

Mathematicians Race to Debunk German Man Who Claimed to Solve One of the Most Important Computer Science Questions of Our Time

Norbert Blum's solve for the infamous 'P vs NP' problem "passes many filters of seriousness," but does it hold up?
Daniel Mützel
8.30.17
Numbers

Mathematicians Still Years from Verifying Nightmare 500-Page Proof

Shinichi Mochizuki's proof of the abc conjecture remains an enigma.
Michael Byrne
7.30.16
Columbus

Forget Columbus, Eratosthenes Disproved the Flat Earth Myth

He even calculated the planet's circumference almost perfectly. In 240 BC.
Michael Byrne
6.19.16
Art

These Digital Artworks Depict the Impossible-to-Visualize Hypercube

Manfred Mohr has been making algorithmic artworks inspired by the hypercube and its many possible dimensions for nearly 40 years.
Robert Barry
2.15.16
Features

The Strangest, Most Spectacular Bridge Collapse (And How We Got It Wrong)

How a textbook example of an engineering failure—and the famous video that captured it—got twisted.
ALEX PASTERNACK
12.14.15
Culture

The Original Mobile App Was Made of Paper

To understand modern mobile apps, we need to turn to their centuries-old grandparent: the volvelle.
Adam Rothstein
11.16.15
Motherboard

This Math Shows How Long It'd Take Vampires to Run Out of Human Blood to Drink

A surprisingly large number of academic studies—as in, more than one—have applied mathematical modeling to the concept of human-vampire co-existence.
Ella Morton
10.27.15
videos

The Hilbert Hotel: An Infinite Thought Experiment

A classic illustration of the mathematical problem of infinity.
Michael Byrne
10.17.15
women

Ada Lovelace Was the First Person to Understand the Real Potential of Computers

The Victorian mathematician's legacy goes beyond the first published computer program.
Victoria Turk
10.13.15
News

The Maths Problem Making Scottish Kids Cry

Students are reportedly leaving exam halls in tears over a puzzle involving a crocodile and a zebra.
Kari Paul
10.12.15
Health

Inside the Inscrutable Physics of a Heart Murmur

The hushed rumble of disrupted blood flow hides a mathematical monster.
Michael Byrne
9.1.15
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