Researchers propose a better way to make sense of 'Big Data'
Big Data is everywhere, and we are constantly told that it holds the answers to almost any problem we want to solve. Companies collect information on how we shop, doctors and insurance companies gather our ...
After 400 years, mathematicians find a new class of solid shapes
The work of the Greek polymath Plato has kept millions of people busy for millennia. A few among them have been mathematicians who have obsessed about Platonic solids, a class of geometric forms that are ...
Mathematicians calculate that there are 177,147 ways to knot a tie
How the 'Matthew Effect' helps some scientific papers gain popularity
Do scientific papers written by well-known scholars get more attention than they otherwise would receive because of their authors' high profiles?
Some Polynesian islanders combined binary and decimal math
Statistician suggests raising statistical standards to reduce amount of non-reproducible studies
Math explains history: Simulation accurately captures the evolution of ancient complex societies
The question of how human societies evolve from small groups to the huge, anonymous and complex societies of today has been answered mathematically, accurately matching the historical record on the emergence ...
Encryption is less secure than we thought
Information theory—the discipline that gave us digital communication and data compression—also put cryptography on a secure mathematical foundation. Since 1948, when the paper that created information theory first appear ...
Bayesian statistics theorem holds its own - but use with caution
Mathematician proves there are infinitely many pairs of prime numbers less than 70 million units apart
The secret lives of bubbles: Mathematicians describe evolution, dissolution of clusters of bubbles (w/ video)
Bubble baths and soapy dishwater, the refreshing head on a beer and the luscious froth on a cappuccino. All are foams, beautiful yet ephemeral as the bubbles pop one by one.
Math pattern analysis shows Twitter users happier the farther they are from home
Researchers develop algorithm to maximize friendship acceptance by strangers on social networks
Fermat's Last Theorem, more can be proved more simply: Professor steers field toward a numbers-only proof
Fermat's Last Theorem—the idea that a certain simple equation had no solutions— went unsolved for nearly 350 years until Oxford mathematician Andrew Wiles created a proof in 1995. Now, Case Western Reserve University's ...