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Detail of ‘The Morteratsch Glacier, Upper Engadine Valley, Pontresina,’ by Albert Bierstadt, 1895. Wikiart

Using computers to better understand art

A new field of research aims to deepen, and even quantify, our understanding of artistic style. We use mathematical techniques to help discover novel insights, even in well-studied paintings.
An early understanding of numbers may be a sign of mathematical ability. Oksana Kuzmina

What makes a mathematical genius?

You may have got what it takes to be a mathematical genius without even being aware of it.
What’s the fuss about? Steve Rhodes

The Common Core explained

Polls indicate that a large percentage of Americans know very little about Common Core, the standards for teaching math and English language arts. Here are some Common Core facts.
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In defence of maths

Far from being a waste of time, making maths education compulsory to 18 could help provide a clearer path to economic prosperity.
Gun control activists rally in front of the White House in Washington DC, earlier this year. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Gun control in America by the right (and wrong) numbers

All sides in the debate on gun control in the United States are quick to point to numbers they say back their arguments. But are they playing fair with those figures?

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