An old mathematical puzzle soon to be unraveled?
(Phys.org) —It is one the oldest mathematical problems in the world. Several centuries ago, the twin primes conjecture was formulated. As its name indicates, this hypothesis, which many science historians ...
Mathematical models explain how a wrinkle becomes a crease
Wrinkles, creases and folds are everywhere in nature, from the surface of human skin to the buckled crust of the Earth. They can also be useful structures for engineers. Wrinkles in thin films, for example, ...
Basketball shot selection analyzed mathematically
European team suggests new way to measure scientific relevance by city
Doing the math 'predicts' which movies will be box office hits
(Phys.org) —Researchers have devised a mathematical model which can be used to predict whether films will become blockbusters or flops at the box office – up to a month before the movie is released.
Researchers find best routes to self-assembling 3-D shapes
Material chemists and engineers would love to figure out how to create self-assembling shells, containers or structures that could be used as tiny drug-carrying containers or to build 3-D sensors and electronic ...
Linguists to re-think reason for short words
Secret to the perfect pancake is discovered
In a collaboration with Meadowhall Shopping Centre, students from the University's Maths Society (SUMS) developed, trialled and tested a formula which enables pancake-lovers across the world to rustle-up ...
Mathematical model shows how groups split into factions
(PhysOrg.com) -- The school dance committee is split; one group wants an "Alice in Wonderland" theme; the other insists on "Vampire Jamboree." Mathematics could have predicted it.
Mathematician unleashes 'a wave of new results' in geometric analysis
It's something children do every day when blowing bubbles: Stick a circular wire in a pot of soapy water, pull it out, and behold the film forming across it.
How the lily blooms: A mathematical perspective (w/ video)
The "lily white" has inspired centuries' worth of rich poetry and art, but when it comes to the science of how and why those delicately curved petals burst from the bud, surprisingly little is known.
A vexing math problem finds an elegant solution
(Phys.org) —A famous math problem that has vexed mathematicians for decades has met an elegant solution by Cornell researchers. Graduate student Yash Lodha, working with Justin Moore, professor of mathematics, has described ...
Computer scientists make progress on math puzzle
(PhysOrg.com) -- Two UT Dallas computer scientists have made progress on a nearly 4-decade-old mathematical puzzle, producing a proof that renowned Stanford computer scientist Don Knuth called "amazing" in his communication ...
Mathematical equation could reduce traffic jams
(Phys.org) —New research has found traffic jams and accidents could be reduced by controlling the reaction times of robotic cars.