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Math in the News

Sometime mapmaker Simon Beck tromps mathematical designs into snow and sand.

October 30, 2014

Reporting from the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Evelyn Lamb summarizes computer scientist Leslie Lamport's advice to mathematicians about how to write proofs.

October 29, 2014

Writing for American Scientist, Toby Walsh explains not only how he proved that Candy Crush is a mathematically hard puzzle to solve but also what this implies for more practical problems.

October 28, 2014

Writing in the New York Times, F. D. Flam gives an overview of Bayesian statistics: its origins, the arguments for and against, and its usefulness when paired with modern-day computing power.

October 27, 2014

In honor of its 50th birthday and its founder Neil Sloane's 75th, Alex Bellos devotes his Guardian column to a celebration of the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.

October 24, 2014

Writing for The Atlantic, Jessica Lahey describes the approach Steven Strogatz (Cornell University) takes to engage nonmajors in mathematics. 

October 23, 2014

The New Yorker published Heather Green's poem "I Was Reading Up on My Hellenic Math."

October 22, 2014

While schools have long employed reading specialists, the demands of the Common Core State Standards are generating a growing nationwide interest in adding math specialists to school payrolls. 

October 21, 2014

Blogging for the Huffington Post, Keith Devlin argues for approaching mathematics word problems as you would problems encountered in the real world.

October 20, 2014

Statistics lecturer Richard Vale (University of Canterbury in New Zealand) created a statistical model that predicts what will happen—who, specifically, will die—in the next two Game of Thrones novels.

October 17, 2014

Wired showcases 11 GIFs created by physicist David Whyte.

October 16, 2014

Gary Antonick kicked off a special series of Martin Gardner posts in the New York TimesNumberplay blog this week.

October 15, 2014

Mathematicians at Brown University have introduced a new element of uncertainty into Burgers' equation, which is used to describe turbulence and shocks in fluid flows.

October 14, 2014

The so-called Davis Equation, the algorithm one-time mathematics professor Bill Davis uses to predict the outcomes of sports games, is garnering lots of attention this football season.

October 13, 2014

Interviewed for Episode 118 of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast, TV writer David X. Cohen identifies "the highlight of Futurama math."

October 10, 2014

Defense contractor Raytheon is honoring 27 teachers as "Math Heroes" for their creativity and dedication in the classroom.

October 09, 2014

Samuel Hansen is gearing up for a second go-around of his mathematics podcast Relatively Prime (and he needs your help!).

October 08, 2014

Sir David Spiegelhalter, Cambridge University statistician and professor of the Public Understanding of Risk, thinks coincidences should be celebrated.

October 07, 2014

Informed that he has less than a year to live, millionaire mathmatician James Stewart hopes his residence, Integral House, will continue to host benefit contests and serve as an architectural showpiece even after he's gone.

October 06, 2014

Writing for USA TODAY, Solomon Friedberg (Boston College) defends the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

October 03, 2014

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Jordan Ellenberg describes how "formal proof assitants" have been employed to check mathematicians' work and speculates about whether computers could one day put mathematicians out of business.

October 02, 2014

UK charity National Numeracy asks people in positions of influence to "think twice before making disparaging remarks about maths ability."

October 01, 2014

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