How Will You Celebrate The Pi Day Of The Century?

Happy Pi Day! How are you celebrating the transcendental, irrational mathematical constant central derived from circles on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53? For me, it's going to be giggling over physicists engaging in an epic chalk battle, and devouring an apple-ginger pie. » 3/14/15 12:14pm 3/14/15 12:14pm

Why Some Things Get Better After A Disaster

Normally, the things around us become damaged after experiencing an unexpected disruption or shock. But there are aspects to our world that actually get better after a setback. Here's why things that don't kill us can sometimes make us stronger. » 2/19/15 10:15am 2/19/15 10:15am

The Powerball lottery jackpot soared over $500 million last week, leading bright and broke minds everywhere to wonder if math could be deployed to get ahold of some of that cheddar. Here's a handy, graphics-heavy strategy guide ... and hey, invite us to your mansion party when you win, won't ya? » 2/15/15 4:35pm 2/15/15 4:35pm

The Wrinkles On Raisins Can Teach Us A Lot About Fingerprints

The humble raisin doesn't usually inspire much thought (beyond pondering the ethics of their occasional chocolate chip impersonation), but scientists at MIT have spent a lot of time modeling just how raisins wrinkle. And their findings may change how we understand the way fingerprints form. » 2/03/15 10:20am 2/03/15 10:20am

Use These Tips And Never Lose At Rock Paper Scissors Again

Your days of never getting shotgun are over, thanks to this new video from Numberphile that breaks down the best strategies for winning at Rock, Paper, Scissors. » 1/26/15 10:20am 1/26/15 10:20am

How Is A Mathematical Proof Like Frodo's Journey In Lord Of The Rings?

When people describe a story as being told in a "by the numbers" fashion, that's usually regarded as bad. But in a talk at Oxford University the other day, scientist Marcus du Sautoy argued that a great mathematical proof is a lot like a story. In fact, a really great proof is like Frodo's journey in Lord of the Rings » 1/21/15 4:00pm 1/21/15 4:00pm

A 56-page document handwritten by Alan Turing will be auctioned off in April, with part of the proceeds (it's expected to fetch over $1 million) going to charity. The manuscript dates from 1942, Turing's Enigma Code-breaking days, and contains musings on mathematics and computer science. » 1/20/15 1:20pm 1/20/15 1:20pm

Math Suggests Most Cancers Are Caused By "Bad Luck"

Two-thirds of all cancers are caused by random mutations and not genetics or lifestyle factors, say scientists from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. » 1/02/15 7:20am 1/02/15 7:20am

The Equation That Can Help Predict Zombie Migration Patterns

The scenario: News reports say that there's been a zombie outbreak at the city hospital. The undead are pouring into the streets, biting hapless citizens. How much time do you have to gather supplies, get out of town and set up a fortified site, before the horde catches up with you? As always, there's a way to… » 12/12/14 2:20pm 12/12/14 2:20pm

Can You Guess The Next Number In This Sequence?

Everything you need to solve this riddle can be found in the numbers you see here. Be apprised: The mathematically inclined tend to struggle with this puzzle. » 11/16/14 11:00am 11/16/14 11:00am

Interested In The Math Of Pixar's Animation? This Video Is Must-Watch

Computer animation is one of those delightful intersections of science and art, but when we're cooing over concept art and character designs, it's easy to forget all the math that goes into bringing these movies to life. This video explains the calculations behind the characters. » 11/15/14 2:00pm 11/15/14 2:00pm

Think You Know The Solution To This Classic Riddle? Think Again.

Today's puzzle will be posed in two halves. The first half is a classic riddle – in fact, I suspect many of you will have heard it before. The second half, however, is an extension of the riddle that reveals its most common solution be be insufficient. » 10/19/14 11:00am 10/19/14 11:00am

A 19th Century Math Genius Taught Us The Best Way To Hold Pizza

We've all been there. You pick up a slice of pizza and you're about to take a bite, but it flops over and dangles limply from your fingers instead. The crust isn't stiff enough to support the weight of the slice. Maybe you should have gone for fewer toppings? No. There's no need to despair. » 10/10/14 9:30am 10/10/14 9:30am

Statistician Creates Model To Predict What's Next In Game Of Thrones

Call it the ultimate spoiler: Richard Vale, a lecturer in the Statistics Department at the University of Canterbury, has developed a mathematical model to predict the fates of the characters in the next two Game of Thrones novels. » 9/29/14 2:30pm 9/29/14 2:30pm

The Most Mathematically-Efficient Way To Buy Your Metro Cards

Those last few nickels and dimes leftover on your metro card, and the time it takes to add on to it, can really add up. So what's the frugal (and time-crunched) train traveler to do? Mathematics has the answer. [UPDATE] » 9/08/14 1:31pm 9/08/14 1:31pm

Good Life-Advice From Maryam Mirzakhani

Earlier this month, Iranian-born Stanford mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Fields Medal in the prize's nearly 80-year history. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she has some pretty solid advice to offer on making one's way through the world. » 8/30/14 8:00am 8/30/14 8:00am