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Math in the News

X + Y, a film about a math prodigy diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

September 23, 2014

Writing for Wired, Aatish Bhatia explains Gauss's Theorema Egregium (Latin for excellent or remarkable theorem) and how familiat objects derive strength from their curvature. 

September 22, 2014

Two of this year's 21 MacArthur fellows are mathematicians: Jacob Lurie (Harvard University) and Yitang "Tom" Zhang (University of New Hampshire).

September 19, 2014

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne have factored, among other Mersenne numbers, 21193-1, a record.

September 18, 2014

Writing for the Washington Post, Dominic Basulto argues that mathematics is enjoying newfound popularity and respect.

September 17, 2014

A paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes that if New York taxi riders were willing to share a cab, the Big Apple could reduce its fleet of 13,500 taxis by up to 40 percent.

September 16, 2014

The New York Times reports on Rio de Janiero's National Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA), one of whose researchers, Artur Ávila, is among the 2014 winners of the Fields Medal.

September 15, 2014

Writing for Nautilus, philosopher of mathematics Leon Horsten (University of Bristol) discusses the existence of nothingness.

September 12, 2014

As The Aperiodical reports, mathematicians have proven a result about the biggest gap between subsequent small primes.

September 11, 2014

In an op-ed in the LA Times, MAA president-elect Francis Su argues that while women certainly have greater opportunities in mathematics now than in centuries past, a gender disparity still exists.

September 10, 2014

The diverse artwork of identical twins Ryan and Trevor Oakes is on display now at Manhattan's Museum of Math.

September 09, 2014

Inside Philanthropy notes that two of this year's four Fields Medal winners are grantees of the Simons Foundation.

September 08, 2014

Writing for Quartz, University of Michigan economist (and almost 1977 U.S. IMO team member) Miles Kimball argues that the key to becoming a "math person" is spending time doing math in the manner of someone who enjoys it.

September 05, 2014

A study by physicist Holger Hennig (Harvard University) has implications for how to humanize computer-generated music.

September 04, 2014

Richard Rusczyk is one of three winners of the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions' Paul Erdős Award. 

September 03, 2014

In a Numberphile video, Matthias Kreck (University of Bonn) explains how to quickly stop annoying table wobble.

September 02, 2014

Writing for The Telegraph, Stanford's Jo Boaler uses the occasion of her colleague Maryam Mirzakhani's Fields Medal win to critique mathematics education in Britain and call for revolution.

September 01, 2014