# Mathematics

## Can math solve the congressional districting problem?

The gerrymandered district has been part of the US political landscape for two centuries. Impartial math suggests several methods for drawing fair, competitive congressional districts.

## Scientist at work: mathematician collects ocean and glacier data in the field to make climate models in the lab

To create accurate models that predict how ice sheets and oceans will react to changing climate, modelers need precise current data. One researcher heads to the ends of the earth to collect just that.

## The numbers reveal the government didn’t ‘play god’ with the Vietnam draft

A little mathematics reveals whether the government really did 'play god' with the Vietnam draft, as suggested by former deputy Prime Minister Tim Fisher.

## Don’t freak if you can’t solve a math problem that’s gone viral

People shouldn't let these tricky puzzlers reinforce their misguided notion that they stink at math.

## Mathematics, spaghetti alla carbonara and you

Mathematics and cooking can both be about problem solving, excitement, aesthetics. And it's for you to decide for yourself what you like and don't like in both realms.

## From Newton to Hawking and beyond: a short history of the Lucasian Chair

Some of history's most brilliant scientists have occupied the Lucasian Chair, including Newton, Dirac and Hawking. Others were not so stellar.

Kids who think being good at mathematics is just a matter of God-given talent are less likely to pursue math-related fields. But research says this kind of belief is misguided.

## A little number theory makes the times table a thing of beauty

If you know a bit about how numbers are made then you don't need to work out all 144 calculations in a 12 by 12 times table.

## Why we fell out of love with algorithms inspired by nature

Computer scientists used to calculate how to make the modern world better by drawing analogies with nature. But now the backlash has begun.

## Every world in a grain of sand: John Nash’s astonishing geometry

John Nash is best known for his contributions to game theory, but he will also be remembered for his pioneering work in geometry.

## John Nash: a beautiful mind and its exquisite mathematics

The Nobel Prize winning mathematician made lasting contributions in the fields of game theory and topology. Famously portrayed by Russell Crowe in the movie A Beautiful Mind, he died May 23 at age 86.

## John Nash and his contribution to Game Theory and Economics

Mathematician John Nash, who died on Saturday, May 24, left a lasting contribution to our understanding of Game Theory.

## The legacy of John Nash and his equilibrium theory

The award-winning mathematician gave his name to a concept in game theory that has many applications, from economics to the survival of meerkat colonies.

## Topology looks for the patterns inside big data

Collect all the data you want, but if you can't figure out what you're looking at, it's useless. Topologists look for spatial relationships to figure out what the data can tell us.

## Why do so few black males go into STEM areas? Here’s what made DeAndre give up

Black male kids who start out by excelling in STEM gradually lose interest due to low teacher expectations and racial stereotyping. The result? Blacks hold only 6% of all STEM jobs.

## Brainy bones: the hidden complexity inside your skeleton

The network of bone cells inside your skeleton rivals your brain in terms of complexity.

## It’s often the puzzles that baffle that go viral

Have you heard the one about Cheryl's birthday? It's the latest puzzle that's baffling people across the world.

## Geographic tongue: the mysterious condition that makes maps in your mouth

Say ahhh. How mathematicians are looking at a baffling tongue condition that spirals around your tongue.

## Why it’s time for MPs to go back to school – knowing the numbers is part of their job

When MPs can't get to grips with basic statistics, it's bad for democracy.

## A day in the life of Pi

Mathematics nerds abound, Pi Day is here, and this year it's more accurate than ever.