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An ancient, complex game examined

North Dakota State University mathematics doctoral student Lindsay (Merchant) Erickson is fascinated by the ancient game of Nim. A two-player pastime of combinatorial game theory, Nim's origins date hundreds ...

Mar 29, 2011 4.9 / 5 (8) 3 | with audio podcast

Mathematically ranking ranking methods

In a world where everything from placement in a Google search result to World Cup eligibility depends on ranking and numerical ratings of some kind, it is becoming increasingly important to analyze the algorithms and techniques ...

May 24, 2011 4 / 5 (7) 2 | with audio podcast

Math meets music

Geometry is the force that shapes both the sound of music and the novel research of Florida State University composer-theorist Clifton Callender, whose work explores and maps the mathematics of musical harmony.

Mar 25, 2011 4.3 / 5 (7) 3 | with audio podcast

Mathematics: Mapping a fixed point

(PhysOrg.com) -- For fifty years, mathematicians have grappled with a so-called “fixed point” theorem. An EPFL-based team has now found an elegant, one-page solution that opens up new perspectives ...

Nov 23, 2011 4.7 / 5 (19) 8 | with audio podcast