A tumor under the microscope.
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Cancer researchers dream of offering personalized treatments to patients. Can they get there using the same math that drives Netflix recommendations?
A vote is cast in New Hampshire 2012 primary.
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Some American voters hope that instant runoff can make our elections better. But a mathematician has an idea for another solution.
Mathematical visualization techniques led the author to create this virtual scene, showing shapes from the realm of mathematics bursting into the physical world.
It's a golden age for visualization in mathematics. How tools like 3-D printing, animation and even knitting machines are reimagining the way mathematicians study and share their work.
Statistics and probability can sometimes yield mind bending results.
Sometimes statistics and probability can produce unexpected or counter-intuitive results. If we're hoping to use numbers to make good decisions, we should be wary of the traps.
When a player’s on fire, is it hot hands?
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For 30 years, sports fans have been told to forget about streaks because the 'hot hand' is a fallacy. But a reanalysis says not so fast: Statistics show players really are in the zone sometimes.
Where are the people really going?
Is Trump up or down? Will the public vote yes or no? Who will win the election? A mathematician's guide to understanding polls in the media.
‘Fun … but not for me.’
New research shows programmes to widen STEM participation in students are failing.
Weighing up your votes.
The 2016 election made clear that the Electoral College does not weigh votes from all states equally. A new analysis suggests the power of your vote is closely linked to voter turnout in your state.
We need just a little more party hat…
It's March 14, the day we irrationally celebrate the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Here's a roundup from our archive of what we know about pi.
There are some great uses.
Maths is often a quiet contributor to problems in subjects like biology.
When is a pack of cards truly random?
Fractals in stone by Jami Masjid.
Are you sceptical about maths being stunning? Let this brave academic try to change your mind.
Many of the debt recovery letters issued by Centrelink were the result of an intrinsically error prone system.
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The Centrelink debt recovery system reminds us that many data systems are prone to error, and that's built in to how they work.
Kurt Gödel, the perfect mind to examine the US constitution.
The mathematician Kurt Gödel is said to have found a way that the US constitution would allow for a dictator to take control, or so the story goes. He certainly had the mind for it.
Going round in circles can actually make your journey more efficient.
Investing in pupils’ maths skills is an investment in a country’s economy.
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Good quality education fuels an economy. South Africa needs to increase its supply of science and technology university graduates. But instead it's lowering the bar, especially when it comes to maths.
Old sky map depicting boreal and austral hemispheres with constellations and zodiac signs.
Up until the seventeenth century, astrology was seen as a scholarly tradition, and it is credited as influencing the development of many modern day subjects.
Learning the fundamentals of maths can equip children with critical thinking and reasoning skills.
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Maths occupies an eminent place in global schooling assessment criteria not just because of its content, but for the skills that are taught and developed alongside it.
By the time pupils who struggle with Maths reach Grade 9, there are huge bottlenecks in the system.
The truth behind South Africa's decision to allow 20% as a maths pass mark in some grades is a little more complex than many have suggested.
Learning deficits in Maths compound over time.
There's extensive research evidence to suggest that grade repetition does more harm than good.