The House of Wisdom was populated by a number of multitalented thinkers – at a time marked by fervent collaboration and intellectual prosperity in the Arabic-speaking world.
Mathematicians are like anatomists learning how a body works, or navigators charting new waters.
It has long been thought the ancient Greeks used the Golden Ratio to beautify their art and architecture. Turns out that’s not really true.
I’m a mathematician whose hobby is origami. It has inspired mathematicians to solve problems once thought impossible, and create folding telescope lenses, airbags and solar panels.
Ancient Babylonians achieved a practical application of trigonometry that was massively advanced for the time.
The proposed maths curriculum would result in a deeper understanding of key concepts. It expects students to explain their maths reasoning rather than present their answer without justification.
What did Pythagoras do with all those triangles, anyway?
Improving a child’s sense of numbers, and their understanding of probability, fractions, ratios, shapes and patterns, can all be incorporated into daily life or with simple games.
Technology in the math classroom should enhance and extend, rather than replace, how to think mathematically.
Supreme Court justices have previously called statistical methods of measuring partisan gerrymandering ‘sociological gobbledygook’ and ‘a bunch of baloney.’
The inventor of the brain-teasing Möbius strip died 150 years ago, but his creation continues to spawn new ideas in mathematics.
Through games and household tasks, parents can help their children learn basic math skills like counting, geometry and algebraic thinking.
Mathematical models can describe the many shapes of DNA, as well as cellular processes like DNA replication.
In this professor’s class, there are no calculators. Instead, students learn advanced math by talking, drawing pictures, playing with beach balls – and knitting.
Gerrymandered districts are under fire across the US. But a weird district shape isn’t necessarily a bad one.
Gerrymandering is being hotly debated around the US. Can math help us figure out how to divide the country up fairly?
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.
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.
The magic and wonder of the mathematics of straight lines in curved spaces is best explained when you look to nature for examples.
This month is the centenary of the general theory of relativity. But how did we get from the absolutism of Newton to the relativity of Einstein?