Nature gave us ten fingers, so it makes sense to count to ten. But what happens when we run out of fingers?
Why are there 60 minutes in an hour, and not 10? Why do we count up to 10, anyway? Quentin, age five, wants to know.
Edward Teshmaker Busk.
On the trail of the men of Britain's Royal Aircraft Factory, who gave their lives to help create the world's first air force.
Humans behave like atoms when viewed from a distance.
Mapping connections at your next shindig.
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.
It took 80 years for a woman to be awarded the highest prize in mathematics, the Fields Medal.
Mirzakhani was a luminary in her field.
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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.
Parents can use everyday tasks and routines to encourage learning maths in early childhood.
There are several ways to help children learn and be interested in maths – even the reluctant ones.
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Expressing music into mathematical formulae can help us understand why some pieces and performances can send shivers down your spine.
A Civil War re-enactment at Gettysburg, Pa., on the 150th anniversary of the battle in 2013.
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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?
Wisconsin from overhead.
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.
How can we change math instruction to meet the needs of today’s kids?
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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?
You need to think like a mathematician to solve those viral maths problems.
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.
Biologists only really started to use maths in the last few decades.
Graphing calculators – like the ones used in this seventh grade Dallas classroom – have become ubiquitous in U.S. education.
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Teachers are starting to ditch graphing calculators for math apps. Was the expensive tech ever worth it – or is it just holding students back?
A student in Cape Coast solves a math problem.
By embracing a style beyond the typical classroom lecture, math education can serve all of our students better.
The iconic Captain Jack Sparrow in action.
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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?
Bill Tutte, the brilliant codebreaker.
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?
Does God exist?
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 also one that explains why you always think you've picked the wrong queue.
Collecting the data comes first, but then you have to analyze the data.
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.