Ants follow Fermat's principle of least time
First mathematical analysis of gun policy tradeoff emphasizes need for more data
Is mathematics an effective way to describe the world?
Why moderate beliefs rarely prevail
To dial, perchance to group: Statistical analysis reveals clustered telephony patterns
Encryption is less secure than we thought
Information theory—the discipline that gave us digital communication and data compression—also put cryptography on a secure mathematical foundation. Since 1948, when the paper that created information theory first appear ...
Mathematicians trace source of Rogers-Ramanujan identities, find algebraic gold
Mathematicians have found a framework for the celebrated Rogers-Ramanujan identities and their arithmetic properties, solving another long-standing mystery stemming from the work of Indian math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan.
Mathematicians calculate that there are 177,147 ways to knot a tie
Computer generated math proof is too large for humans to check
After 400 years, mathematicians find a new class of solid shapes
The work of the Greek polymath Plato has kept millions of people busy for millennia. A few among them have been mathematicians who have obsessed about Platonic solids, a class of geometric forms that are ...
New Pattern Found in Prime Numbers
Statistical physics algorithm helps basketball fans fill out NCAA bracket
Math explains history: Simulation accurately captures the evolution of ancient complex societies
The question of how human societies evolve from small groups to the huge, anonymous and complex societies of today has been answered mathematically, accurately matching the historical record on the emergence ...