The miniature brains of honeybees were able to understand the concepts of odd and even, despite only having 960,000 neurons (compared to 86 billion in humans).
Mathematics is the language of the universe.
In the absence of mathematical explanations, the universe would be irrational rather than unpredictable.
The human brain isn’t built to understand large numbers.
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The brain can count small numbers or compare large ones. But it struggles to understand the value of a single large number. This fact may be influencing how people react to numbers about the pandemic.
Zero-sum competitive environments that set up winners and losers may be less appealing to women.
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A focus on raw intellectual talent may unintentionally create a cutthroat workplace culture. New research suggests women’s preference to avoid that environment may contribute to gender gaps in some fields.
Pi has spawned its own literary style, where the number of letters in consecutive words is dictated by the decimal expansion of pi.
The New York Knicks’ Obi Toppin goes up for a slam during the NBA dunk contest on Saturday, February 19, 2022, in Cleveland, Ohio.
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A new database could pave the way for a more fair and consistent way to score slam dunks, a self-described ‘dunk scientist’ says.
Gender gaps in achievement for AP math exams may lead to fewer women in STEM careers.
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A scholar warns that women will continue to be underrepresented in STEM careers unless educators focus on helping girls do better in advanced math courses in high school.
Minority STEM majors are more likely than their white peers to switch fields.
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Colleges don’t have to sit by and watch STEM majors leave for other fields. Two Ph.D. biology students share tips for encouraging students to stick with STEM despite the difficulty involved.
Being better at math increases income but also ties satisfaction more closely to money.
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Compared to people who aren’t as good at math, people who are better at math are more happy when they have high incomes and less happy when they have lower incomes.
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.
Even college-educated adults can still struggle with numbers.
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People who struggle with numbers are also likely to struggle in life, new research shows.
Adele performs in Los Angeles at ‘One Night Only’ in October.
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Everyone is raving about Adele’s new album ‘30.’ A mathematician muses about the “Adele sequence”: the patterns of numbers in her album name.
Machine learning systems can now aid human intuition to create mathematical conjectures and proofs.
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Did humans invent mathematics or does it exist independently?
Children can help make grocery lists and confirm the parent has bought everything on the list.
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Grocery shopping and family meals are prime opportunities to build reading and math skills – particularly for young Latino children, a new study finds.
If we each get to choose four colourful candies, my four includes three orange and one blue. Yours?
Math educators share four ways parents can use counters, like candies or lego pieces, to lead ‘number talks’ that help kids develop an understanding of how numbers are related.
Mosul, a major city in northern Iraq, in the 19th century
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Day 4 of our Understanding Islam series. Knowing the historical contributions of Islam and its influence on other faiths can help counter many assumptions about the religion today.
Calculating pi with unprecedented accuracy has zero scientific usefulness. But as a show of computing muscle and a mathematical curiosity, it’s endlessly intriguing.
This stone tablet records the restoration of certain lands by the Babylonian king Nabu-apla-iddina to a priest. Babylonian, circa 870 BCE. From Sippar (Tell Abu Habbah)
Ancient Babylonians achieved a practical application of trigonometry that was massively advanced for the time.
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We can fine-tune bacteria using algorithms to help them produce the things we need, from antibiotics to methane.