Articles on Geometry

Want to fix gerrymandering? Then the Supreme Court needs to listen to mathematicians

Supreme Court justices have previously called statistical methods of measuring partisan gerrymandering 'sociological gobbledygook' and 'a bunch of baloney.'

The weird world of one-sided objects

The inventor of the brain-teasing Möbius strip died 150 years ago, but his creation continues to spawn new ideas in mathematics.

Through games and household tasks, parents can help their children learn basic math skills like counting, geometry and algebraic thinking.

Math shows how DNA twists, turns and unzips

Mathematical models can describe the many shapes of DNA, as well as cellular processes like DNA replication.

Why I teach math through knitting

In this professor's class, there are no calculators. Instead, students learn advanced math by talking, drawing pictures, playing with beach balls – and knitting.

Stop criticizing bizarrely shaped voting districts. They might not be gerrymandered after all

Gerrymandered districts are under fire across the US. But a weird district shape isn't necessarily a bad one.

Rebooting the mathematics behind gerrymandering

Gerrymandering is being hotly debated around the US. Can math help us figure out how to divide the country up fairly?

Maryam Mirzakhani was a role model for more than just her mathematics

Mirzakhani blazed to the top of her field due to her talent. But who she was and where she came from also make her a role model for those from underrepresented demographics in the world of math.

Did artists lead the way in mathematics?

Mathematics and art are generally viewed as very different. But a trip through history – from an Islamic palace to Pollock's paintings – proves the parallels between the two can be uncanny.

Corals, crochet and the cosmos: how hyperbolic geometry pervades the universe

The magic and wonder of the mathematics of straight lines in curved spaces is best explained when you look to nature for examples.

From Newton to Einstein: the origins of general relativity

This month is the centenary of the general theory of relativity. But how did we get from the absolutism of Newton to the relativity of Einstein?

Every world in a grain of sand: John Nash’s astonishing geometry

John Nash is best known for his contributions to game theory, but he will also be remembered for his pioneering work in geometry.

100 years on a black square is as adventurous as it was in 1915

Kazimir Malevich unveiled his now iconic pared down painting of a black square on a white background in 1915. This was a moment that not only represented a turning point in art, but in politics too. This…

The Golden Mean: a great discovery or natural phenomenon?

What do the façades of the National Gallery in London’s Trafalgar Square and the Sydney Opera House in Australia have in common? Most people would suggest the two buildings have few similarities – the…

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