Experimental mathematics: Computing power leads to insights
In his 1989 book "The Emperor's New Mind", Roger Penrose commented on the limitations on human knowledge with a striking example: He conjectured that we would most likely never know whether a string of 10 ...
Statistics Professor Hides Pictures, Messages in Problem Solutions
Say you’re an aspiring statistician who has just spent hours trying to figure out the answer to a particularly thorny problem. As you plug the final numbers into the computer program you’re running in ...
Researcher explains mystery of golden ratio
The Egyptians supposedly used it to guide the construction the Pyramids. The architecture of ancient Athens is thought to have been based on it. Fictional Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon tried to unravel ...
Scientists struggle with mathematical details
(Phys.org) -- Scientists would like to believe that the popularity of new theories depends entirely on their scientific value, in terms of novelty, importance and technical correctness. But the Bristol study, published in ...
Can a formula predict the outcome of a soccer match?
A wrinkle in space-time: Math shows how shockwaves could crinkle space
Mathematicians at UC Davis have come up with a new way to crinkle up the fabric of space-time -- at least in theory.
Indian researcher helps prove math conjecture from the 1950s
On June 18, Adam Marcus and Daniel A. Spielman of Yale University, along with Nikhil Srivastava of Microsoft Research India, announced a proof of the Kadison-Singer conjecture, a question about the mathematical foundations ...
Web site helps students in math
A University of Missouri-Columbia Web site that helps students prepare for math tests and competitions is reportedly gaining popularity.
Russian mathematician wins science award
A Russian mathematician's solution to a 100-year-old math puzzle was voted Breakthrough of the Year by Science, a leading scientific journal.
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.
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 ...
Math of elections says voters win with 'winner take all'
If we want individuals and small groups to have the democratic power to elect the president fairly, we must score presidential elections by winner-take-all states--not in a single giant national district too large for small ...
Rota's Conjecture: Researcher solves 40-year-old math problem
(Phys.org) —A Victoria University mathematician has experienced his own eureka moment, solving a 40 year-old mathematical problem.
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.