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Chern numbers of algebraic varieties

A problem at the interface of two mathematical areas, topology and algebraic geometry, that was formulated by Friedrich Hirzebruch, had resisted all attempts at a solution for more than 50 years. The problem concerns the ...

Jun 10, 2009
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Solving checkers a great idea

Jonathan Schaeffer 'solved' checkers this year and his achievement has been named one of 2007's top ideas by the New York Times.

Dec 17, 2007
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Riding a bike couldn't be ... more complicated

We are told there's nothing easier than riding a bike. The reality is when it comes to staying upright, there is nothing more complicated. The mathematical formula which explains the motion of a bicycle looks like it could ...

Jun 27, 2010
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The arithmetic of gun control

Aiming to quell heated national debate about gun control with factual answers, two UC Irvine mathematicians have designed parameters to measure how to best prevent both one-on-one killings and mass shootings in the United ...

Jul 27, 2013
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The math of the Rubik's cube

Last August, 30 years after the Rubik’s cube first appeared, an international team of researchers proved that no matter how scrambled a cube got, it could be solved in no more than 20 moves. Although ...

Jun 29, 2011
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