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Math in the News

Writing in The Guardian, Alex Bellos treats readers to surprising insights into how we react to numbers.

April 21, 2014

Rachel Thomas explains in Plus how mathematics and statistics have aided in the search for missing planes.

April 18, 2014

In a guest blog for Scientific American, Dana Richards (a.k.a. George Groth) gives a taste of the 11th Gathering for [Martin] Gardner, which convened in Atlanta in late March.

April 17, 2014

Slate picked up science writer Stephen Ornes's Last Word on Nothing post about how we ought to combine Mathematics Awareness Month and National Poetry Month into the first-ever Mathematical Poetry Month.

April 16, 2014

A team at Indiana State University is harnessing ISU's computing power to search for the largest prime numbers, the largest twin primes, and the largest Sophie Germain primes (primes of the form p and 2p+1).

April 15, 2014

New Jersey Institute of Technology mathematics professor Bruce Bukiet has released his 2014 Major League Baseball projections.

April 14, 2014

Writing in Nautilus, Aatish Bhatia revisits the question of which path across the sand and through the water a lifeguard should take to reach a drowning swimmer in the least time.

April 11, 2014

New Scientist deems Matt Parker's gig—he's a "stand-up mathematician"—a "dream job."

April 10, 2014

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded mathematical physicist Yakov Sinai (Princeton University) the 2014 Abel Prize for, according to the citation, his “fundamental contributions to dynamical systems, ergodic theory, and mathematical physics.”

April 09, 2014

Geoffrey Giller writes for Scientific American about a talk Ken Golden gave at the National Museum of Mathematics about modeling sea ice melt.

April 08, 2014

Mathematics projects earned the second and third place honors in the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science and math competition.

April 07, 2014

A new study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry finds that math anxiety cannot be blamed solely on negative experiences with the subject, but also has a genetic component.

April 04, 2014

Writing for Scientific American's Roots of Unity blog, Evelyn Lamb uses the prime counting function to determine when a certain Twitter user will find his or her schtick constrained by the 140 character limit.

April 03, 2014

The Christian Science Monitor talked to Ruth Charney, president of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), about ways to get more girls into math.

April 02, 2014

UCLA neuroscientists have found the first new class of convex, equilateral polyhedra with icosahedral symmetry in 400 years.

April 01, 2014