Why does the number of members of Australia’s lower house fluctuate?
The number of members of the House of Representatives is variable. It is a result of a formula given in the Constitution.
Dev Patel plays the Indian genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in The Man Who Knew Infinity.
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The film presents some of the best descriptions of mathematics yet seen on the big screen. It shows mathematics as art and as a creative process of discovery.
Simulating the human brain is proving tricky. But could mathematics based on symmetries help?
Scientists uncover hidden mathematical structures controlling how living cells operate. If this could be used by computers of the future, we may one day be able to understand the brain.
Are the odds in favor of big computer-assisted bettors?
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Are regular bettors and the house helped or hurt when deep-pocketed, high-volume computer-assisted bettors are wagering? Mathematicians used game theory to model this new wrinkle in parimutuel betting.
An early understanding of numbers may be a sign of mathematical ability.
You may have got what it takes to be a mathematical genius without even being aware of it.
Computers could help Blackjack players get much better at card counting in the future.
Computers can be our prediction machines.
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Scientists of all kinds turn to computer models to investigate questions they can't get at any other way. Here's how models work and why we can trust them.
Srinivasa Ramanujan (middle) with fellow scientists at Cambridge.
The unlikely friendship that allowed an untrained Indian mathematician to become an acclaimed academic.
Warning: gross but highly sharable pictures of holes that might fill you with disgust.
What’s the fuss about?
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.
Many university degrees require a high level of maths skill.
Lowering maths prerequisites to study science, engineering and commerce at university has led to students playing catch up for years. This should be fixed.
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.
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?
Pi is at the center of all circles.
We know pi appears when we talk about circles. But it appears in many other places, too. Why, pi, why?
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This Pi Day we should celebrate William Jones, the 18th century Welsh farm boy who named the mysterious number.
Mathematicians have long been revealing the beauty in the one of nature's most mysterious numbers.
Pi has an interesting relationship with some other unique constants in mathematics.
On international Pi Day it's time to look at Pi's position in unique formula that's praised much for its beauty in uniting several mathematical constants.
This “pi plate” shows some of the progress toward finding all the digits of pi.
On the occasion of Pi Day, a look at the history of calculating the actual, and increasingly exact, value of pi (π).
A confused student might not be leaving a math classroom….
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A new book criticizes how and what American math classes are teaching. Singling out math instruction in this age of high-stakes testing and accountability is unsporting.
It’s a lot of grains of sand, but numbers can get a whole lot bigger….
Scientific advances – including the recent discovery of gravitational waves – force us to deal with numbers so extreme they're virtually inconceivable.