# News tagged with mathematical ideas

### 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 ...

### Physicists show math behind growth of 'coffee rings'

(Phys.org)—Last year, a team of University of Pennsylvania physicists showed how to undo the "coffee-ring effect," a commonplace occurrence when drops of liquid with suspended particles dry, leaving a ring-shaped stain ...

### Mathematical patterns developed by Alan Turing help researchers understand bird behavior

Scientists from the University of Sheffield have used mathematical modelling to understand why flocks of long-tailed tits segregate themselves into different parts of the landscape.

### The secret behind a choice cuppa or a perfect pint—a mathematician

If you want to know how to pour the perfect pint or create the ultimate cup of coffee, then you really need a mathematician.

### Learn how to make a sonobe unit in origami, and unlock a world of mathematical wonder

Many of us could happily fold a paper crane, yet few feel confident solving an equation like x³ – 3 x² – x + 3 = 0, to find a value for x.

### Mathematical thinking begins in the early years with dialog and real-world exploration

It's natural to think that mathematics is primarily about numbers. In school, we first learn how to recite numbers and then spend considerable time writing them down and manipulating them on paper. Of course, numerals (the ...

What are parents to do when their children don't show much interest or become easily frustrated by math?

### Mathematics is beautiful (no, really)

For many people, memories of maths lessons at school are anything but pretty. Yet "beautiful" is a word that I and other mathematicians often use to describe our subject. How on earth can maths be beautiful – and does it ...

### A new way of teaching maths in schools

A study has looked at a new way of teaching mathematics in primary and secondary school classrooms, and its ability to enhance learning.

### Mathematics and the ocean: Movement, mixing and climate modeling

Studying the dynamics of the ocean system can greatly improve our understanding of key processes of ocean circulations, which have implications for future climate. Can applying mathematics to the research help? Dr. Emily ...

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