The Mathematics of Natural Motion
Circles, slaloms, figure eights, and loop-the-loops – biologists studying the motion of Listeria monocytogenes sensed that these paths were related, but they didn’t have a good way to define what fit in ...
Some Polynesian islanders combined binary and decimal math
Discovery could lead to more difficult Sudoku puzzles
Taking evolution's temperature: Researchers pinpoint the energy it takes to make a species
Comfortable living is not why so many different life forms seem to converge at the warmer areas of the planet.
Unraveling the Matrix
A new way of analyzing grids of numbers known as matrices could improve signal-processing applications and data-compression schemes.
Periodic table of shapes to give a new dimension to maths (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- Mathematicians are creating their own version of the periodic table that will provide a vast directory of all the possible shapes in the universe across three, four and five dimensions, linking ...
Researchers find a country's wealth correlates with its collective knowledge
Nonlinear thinker: Making sense of previously insoluble problems
If an airplane is cruising along and raises the flaps on its wings a degree or two, it will tilt upward. If it raises the flaps twice as much, it will tilt upward about twice as much. But if it tilts upward ...
Einstein's 'spooky action' common in large quantum systems, mathematicians find
Entanglement is a property in quantum mechanics that seemed so unbelievable and so lacking in detail that, 66 years ago this spring, Einstein called it "spooky action at a distance." But a mathematician at Case Western Reserve ...
Magnetic fields can send particles to infinity
Researchers from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM, Spain) have mathematically shown that particles charged in a magnetic field can escape into infinity without ever stopping. One of the conditions ...
Iranian is first woman to win 'Nobel Prize of maths' (Update)
An Iranian-born mathematician has become the first woman to win a prestigious Fields Medal, widely viewed as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.
What are the Chances? Probability Solves an Evolutionary Puzzle
The origin of species may be almost as random as a throw of the dice. Iosif Pinelis, a professor of mathematical sciences at Michigan Technological University, has worked out a mathematical solution to a biological puzzle: ...
Mathematical formula predicts clear favorite for the FIFA World Cup
A sophisticated new analysis of team tactics predicts a Spanish win in Sunday's FIFA World Cup final and also shows why England were beaten by Germany.
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 ...