Using concrete tools or objects matters for fostering mathematical development – but how can children best learn to count by 10?
Findings of a study suggest using a ‘hundreds chart’ showing numbers one through 100, beginning with one in the top-left corner, fosters children’s counting by 10s.
A complex cooling rig is needed to maintain the ultracold working temperatures required by a superconducting quantum computer.
After decades of hype, quantum computers are on the verge of becoming useful. Here’s a refresher on why they’re such a big deal
Humans have been making symbols for numbers for thousands of years. Different cultures developed their own symbols, but all use addition and multiplication, suggesting arithmetic is a universal truth.
The use of the letter x as a mathematical unknown is a relatively modern convention. Algebra has been around for a lot longer.
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How did the letter x get its enduring role as a symbol of the unknown? A mathematician explains why it’s hard to say for sure.
Many elevators do not have a floor numbered 13 because of common superstitions about the number.
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A sociologist unpacks how common superstitions like fear of 13 can gain steam.
If you cannot communicate a concept clearly, then you don’t understand it well enough yourself.
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.
Is “Twosday” as special as some corners of the internet seem to think?
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Numerology ties in with how our brains work, but that doesn’t mean its claims make sense.
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.
Emmy Noether made significant contributions to theoretical mathematics.
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More than a century after publishing major papers in theoretical mathematics, German-born Emmy Noether continues to challenge and inspire mathematicians with her story and mathematical legacy.
Understanding vaccine effectiveness stats can help you weigh the risks of travel.
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Understanding numbers in the news or social media can empower you to figure out risks and make good choices. Here’s what to look out for to make sure you aren’t misled by COVID-19 coverage.
Government spending bills that cost billions or trillions of dollars can seem abstract.
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It’s awfully hard to wrap your mind around a sum that large. But converting it to a more bite-size representation can affect a voter’s willingness to support government spending.
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Don’t just tell us how many new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, tell us how many people you tested as well. That helps us to know if things are getting better or worse.
Some U.S. workplaces can be dangerous.
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A reduction in OSHA inspectors may lead to a reduction in workplace safety.
Every child progresses at different levels, just like everyone learns to talk and walk at different times.
Generally speaking, if your English-speaking child is at least six years old by the end of the year, there are some standard things they should know and be able to do.
Honeybees: nature’s maths whizzes.
Honeybees are good at maths, but it was thought they could only count to four. That is, unless you present them with a task in which they are punished with a bitter-tasting drink for getting it wrong.
Numeracy has real implications for your life.
How mathematically proficient are you? And do you have the skills to back up your level of math confidence? The answers to those questions may have ramifications for your financial and physical health.
There are so many number systems! The ones you know now were developed over centuries but we are still making up more now.
The Romans were great engineers but they had a terrible number system. It didn’t even have zero.
If you thought multiplication tables at school were hard, imagine multiplying numbers with billions of digits.
To multiply two numbers by hand take a few steps but it’s something we’re taught in school. When dealing with big numbers, really big numbers, we need to a quicker way to do things.
Numbers are largely viewed as holding the truth. But this is an unrealistic expectation.