# Articles on Mathematics

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Let's say you want the perfect mix of friends and strangers at your next party. Mathematicians have been working on a version of this problem for nearly a century, and the answer is complicated.

## Maryam Mirzakhani’s success showed us the challenges women in maths still face

It took 80 years for a woman to be awarded the highest prize in mathematics, the Fields Medal.

## 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.

## Eleven games and activities for parents to encourage maths in early learning

There are several ways to help children learn and be interested in maths – even the reluctant ones.

## How maths helps us understand why music moves people

Expressing music into mathematical formulae can help us understand why some pieces and performances can send shivers down your spine.

## Pickett’s Charge: What modern mathematics teaches us about Civil War battle

Pickett's Charge was one of the seminal battles of the U.S. Civil War, setting the stage for the ultimate Confederacy defeat. Could it have played out differently?

## The Supreme Court takes on gerrymandering: 6 essential reads

On Monday, the US Supreme Court announced that it would hear a case on gerrymandering in Wisconsin. We dive into the research on this controversial practice.

## Challenging the status quo in mathematics: Teaching for understanding

Math instruction is stuck in the last century. How can we change teaching methods to move past rote memorization and help students develop a more meaningful understanding – and be better at math?

## Your guide to solving the next online viral maths problem

There's a reason why some people get different answers to those frustrating viral maths problems. You need to learn how to "read" the maths.

## The maths of life and death: our secret weapon in the fight against disease

Biologists only really started to use maths in the last few decades.

## The rise – and possible fall – of the graphing calculator

Teachers are starting to ditch graphing calculators for math apps. Was the expensive tech ever worth it – or is it just holding students back?

## How math education can catch up to the 21st century

By embracing a style beyond the typical classroom lecture, math education can serve all of our students better.

## Pirates of the Caribbean 5: there be some good science in that there film

Captain Jack Sparrow sails the high seas again in the fifth outing of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. So did the filmmakers get the science right in the action packed adventure?

## Remembering Bill Tutte: another brilliant codebreaker from World War II

He was one of the brilliant mathematical geniuses who helped crack the Nazi codes, but few have ever heard of his name. So who was Bill Tutte?

## Arguments why God (very probably) exists

There remain many mysteries that are beyond science. Does that mean that a God truly exists? A scholar gives reasons for this possibility.

## There’s a mathematical formula for choosing the fastest queue

There's also one that explains why you always think you've picked the wrong queue.

## New statistical methods would let researchers deal with data in better, more robust ways

Any field that collects and analyzes data relies on statistical techniques to make sense of it all. Modern, more accurate methods should supplant the old ways... but in many cases, they haven't yet.

## 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.

## ‘Anumeric’ people: What happens when a language has no words for numbers?

From the Amazon to Nicaragua, there are humans who never learn numbers. What can these anumeric cultures teach us about ourselves?

## How statistical thinking should shape the courtroom

We live in a probabilistic world. The courts need to catch up – and start training juries in statistics.