After almost 20 years, math problem falls
Mathematicians and engineers are often concerned with finding the minimum value of a particular mathematical function. That minimum could represent the optimal trade-off between competing criteria between ...
Mathematicians calculate that there are 177,147 ways to knot a tie
Winning While Losing: New Strategy Solves 'Two-Envelope' Paradox
Computer generated math proof is too large for humans to check
New math theories reveal the nature of numbers
For centuries, some of the greatest names in math have tried to make sense of partition numbers, the basis for adding and counting. Many mathematicians added major pieces to the puzzle, but all of them fell ...
To build a cooperative society, is it better to punish or reward?
Gravity eases its pull
(PhysOrg.com) -- Ever since Galileo first dropped his balls off the top of the Tower of Pisa in the late 16th century, gravity has caused a major headache for mathematicians and physicists down the ages.
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 ...
Mathematician proves there are infinitely many pairs of prime numbers less than 70 million units apart
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.
Jackson Pollock, artist and physicist?
At a glance, a painting by Jackson Pollock (1912 - 1956) can look deceptively accidental: just a quick flick of color on a canvas.
Physics duo discover 13 new solutions to Newtonian three-body orbit problem
Using math to design amazing mirrors
Mathematician Andrew Hicks was in his Drexel University office, puzzling over some problem he can no longer recall, when colleague Ron Perline walked in with a challenge. Fresh from his morning bicycle ride, Perline was unhappy ...
Spherical cows help to dump metabolism law: 3/4-power law is actually 2/3
(PhysOrg.com) -- Apparently, the mysterious "3/4 law of metabolism" -- proposed by Max Kleiber in 1932, printed in biology textbooks for decades, explained theoretically in Science in 1997 and described in a 2000 essay in Nat ...