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Math in the News

The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and the London Mathematical Society (LMS) have awarded the 2014 Christopher Zeeman Medal for the Promotion of Mathematics to the Public to Marcus du Sautoy (University of Oxford).

August 22, 2014
In a New York Times op-ed, Jordan Ellenberg explains the Little League approach to getting kids into mathematics.
August 21, 2014

Writing for the New York Times, Jennifer Ouellette reviews the season's crop of math-related reads.

August 20, 2014

Writing for Slate, Jordan Ellenberg notes that two of the four 2014 Fields medalists—Maryam Mirzakhani and Artur Avila—are dynamicists and offers a primer on this relatively new but obviously quite lively branch of mathematics.

August 19, 2014

Gizmodo (and some lucky youngsters) got a sneak preview of an exhibit slated to open at Manhattan's National Museum of Mathematics in December: Robot Swarm.

August 18, 2014

Just in time for the weekend, here's your guide to making cocktail party chatter about the Fields Medal, courtesy of Evelyn Lamb's Roots of Unity blog.

August 15, 2014

Writing in Quartz, Jonathan Wai argues that anyone who wants to be rich or powerful or equipped to solve 21st-century problems should major in a STEM field.

August 14, 2014
Writing for her Scientific American "Roots of Unity" blog, Evelyn Lamb gives a rundown of the Twitter bots she follows and rates them on a scale of 1 to 5 on novelty, aesthetics, and explicability. 
August 13, 2014

Writing for the New York Times, Michael J. Barany debunks an apocryphal tale of the Fields Medal's origins and explains how the prize attained its Nobel-level status.

August 12, 2014
In a Forbes interview with Jordan Shapiro, Keith Devlin talks about twenty-first century math and how to make it accessible to more people.
August 11, 2014
Erdős-Bacon, a documentary about the Small World Phenomenon, needs your help to see the light of day.
August 08, 2014
Three philosophers and one mathematician are working together to use game theory to analyze communication and how it acquires meaning.
August 07, 2014
Mathematician Julius Barbanel (Union College) and political scientist Steven Brams (New York University) have devised a cut-and-choose algorithm that allocates divisible goods in a way that is equitable, envy-free, and efficient.
August 06, 2014
The Imitation Game, an Alan Turing biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, isn't due out until November, but the trailer has been released.
August 05, 2014

Nate Silver analyzes the data to answer the question on many air travelers' minds in a year that has so far seen Malaysia Airlines involved in two mysterious incidents.

August 04, 2014

Researchers argue that widely cited principles of password security are not feasible when applied across a large body of passwords that protect multiple accounts.

August 01, 2014