Mathematicians calculate that there are 177,147 ways to knot a tie
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 ...
New program simulates protein movements
Proteins are molecules involved in most of the biological processes that take place in our bodies. They have to move in order to fulfil many of their functions. For example, they open or close to keep and ...
Generosity leads to evolutionary success, biologists show
With new insights into the classical game theory match-up known as the "Prisoner's Dilemma," University of Pennsylvania biologists offer a mathematically based explanation for why cooperation and generosity have evolved in ...
Mathematician designs event cloaking device without using metamaterials
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 ...
Questions for Heather Leslie: How can the market sustain fisheries?
Heather Leslie, assistant professor of environmental studies, says it's a mistake to assume market forces and sustainability must always be at loggerheads. In a recently published paper, Leslie and a group ...
Internet traffic rise needs infrastructure upgrade
Australian internet traffic will increase by more than five times to hit one exabyte (one billion gigabytes) of data a month by 2016, a University of Adelaide mathematician and internet researcher has predicted.
You clap, so I clap: Peer pressure drives applause
If you have just seen a play that you privately think is drivel, will you keep silent when everyone around you demands an encore?
Texas banker puts up $1M for tricky math solution
A Texas banker is upping the ante to $1 million for whoever solves a tricky problem that's been dogging mathematicians since the 1980s.
Researcher finds solution to problem in 19th-century theory of meromorphic functions
General theory of meromorphic functions in the complex plane began in the nineteenth century, when E. Picard proved his famous 'Picard's little theorem'. Then, in the 1920s, R. Nevanlinna created the modern ...
Mathematician proves there are infinitely many pairs of prime numbers less than 70 million units apart
How to manage motorway tolls through the Game Theory
A team led by José Manuel Zarzuelo, Professor of Applied Economics, has applied the co-operative Game Theory to calculating motorway toll charges. The results of the study have been published in the specialised journal European Jo ...
Kenneth Appel dies, used computer on map question
Kenneth Appel, a mathematician who was the first to use a computer to prove a century-old major mathematical theorem, has died at age 80 in Dover, N.H.