Probability, lacking solid theoretical foundations and burdened with paradoxes, was jokingly called the “theory of misfortune.”
Scientists can make substantial progress without fully understanding exactly what they're doing.
Is mathematics woven into the very fabric of reality? Or is it merely a product of the human mind?
Try writing a novel without using the letter "e."
We bake pies for Pi Day, so why not celebrate other mathematical achievements.
The solution involves the infamous Navier-Stokes equations, which are so difficult, there is a $1-million prize for solving them.
It's simpler, more compact, and reusable from year-to-year in a way that no other calendar is. Here's both how it works and how to use it.
It’s called the “hipster effect,” and a study from Brandeis University mathematician Jonathan Touboul explains how it happens.
Honeybees join humans as the only known animals that can tell the difference between odd and even numbers
Parity tasks (such as odd and even categorisation) are considered abstract and high-level numerical concepts in humans.
It's spooky, and it's happening all around us. And inside us.
Find your wallet or keys — or a nuclear submarine.
A researcher explains a little-known niche within modern physics: animal collective behavior.
With a record-setting $1.9 billion jackpot, you'd think it's a no-brainer to buy a Powerball ticket. But the math truly shows otherwise.
Does it have a deeper significance — or is it just a number?
Meaningful pictures are assembled from meaningless noise.
If you can model anything in the Universe with an equation, mathematics is how you get the solution(s). Physics must go a step further.
Since at least 600 BC, people have been mesmerized by the concept of the infinite.
Game theory is a unique combination of math and psychology. Its applications turn up everywhere, from nuclear war to Tinder to game shows.
Equations that describe time travel are fully compatible and consistent with relativity — but physics is not mathematics.
The researchers consumed a lot of wine while watching 15 seasons of the show.
When making any tough decision, the key is not to be overly exploratory or exploitative.
The quadratic formula isn't just something that teachers use to torture algebra students. The Babylonians once used it to calculate taxes.
The Poisson distribution has everyday applications in science, finance, and insurance. To compare the results of some biomedical studies, more people ought to be familiar with it.