Math

Full Steam Ahead on CSSTEM
May 24, 2011
By imagining, drawing, and building original videogames, Globaloria students have been boldly demonstrating how art and design and creative cognition can reignite STEM learning.

The Art of Science Learning
April 06, 2011
It's no secret: American children are behind in math and science, and falling faster by the year. For a group of innovative thinkers gathering in Washington DC, restoring "STEM" in America must go beyond multiplication drills, beyond the latest in computer apps. It's time to reimagine science learning altogether, they say: it's time for wood and clay, watercolor and chalk.

On Early Warning Signs
December 20, 2010
Rapid shifts are the hallmark of climate change, epileptic seizures, financial crises, and fishery collapses. Deep mathematical principles tie these events together.

Seed Salon: Paola Antonelli + Benoit Mandelbrot
October 18, 2010
In 2008, the late mathematician and founder of fractal geometry, Benoit Mandelbrot, met MoMA's senior design curator, Paola Antonelli for a conversation about geometry, architecture, and nature. Here are excerpts from their discussion.

Numbers Don’t Lie, But People Do
September 24, 2010
The author of a new book on misleading math examines the Republican blueprint for governing the United States, and comes to one conclusion: Wherever there’s politics, there’s proofiness.

Nonlinear Relationships
January 26, 2010
In mathematician Steven Strogatz’s recent book, friendship and integrals collide, yielding a math story of unusual poignancy.

Studying the Strangest Man
September 15, 2009
Graham Farmelo explains why Paul Dirac may be the 20th century’s most misunderstood physicist, and speculates that Dirac may have had undiagnosed autism.

Inside the Mathematical Mind
July 21, 2009
Mariana Cook’s stunning portraits and narration from her subjects offers a candid look at the secret lives of mathematicians.

The Extinction Oscillator
June 29, 2009
Sometimes, something kills nearly all life on the entire planet. But is there a regular cycle to this creation and destruction of Earth’s biodiversity?

Mikhail Gromov Wins Abel Prize
March 26, 2009
RussianFrench mathematician wins the Abel Prize for his revolutionary contributions to geometry.

The Damnedest Lies
October 30, 2008
The success of fivethirtyeight.com is a credit not only to statistical prowess but also to keen intuition about social habits.

The Statistical Universe
October 17, 2008
We look up to an expanse of sky that is billions of lightyears in size, but the universe may be far larger than what we are able to see.

The Shape of Music
July 09, 2008

Intimate with Einstein
May 24, 2007
A new biography of Albert Einstein reveals the humanity behind the genius.

Prime Numbers Get Hitched
March 26, 2006
In their search for patterns, mathematicians have uncovered unlikely connections between prime numbers and quantum physics. Will the subatomic world help reveal the elusive nature of the primes?

Surveying the Landscape
December 12, 2005

A Grave Discovery
November 08, 2005

The Odds of Discovery
September 30, 2005

The Ascent of Sand
September 30, 2005
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I Tried Almost Everything Else
John Rinn, snowboarder, skateboarder, and “genomic origamist,” on why we should dumpsterdive in our genomes and the inspiration of a middledistance runner.

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Going, Going, Gone
The second most common element in the universe is increasingly rare on Earth—except, for now, in America.

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Earthlike Planets Aren’t Rare
Renowned planetary scientist James Kasting on the odds of finding another Earthlike planet and the power of science fiction.