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Math in the News

Writing for MIT News Magazine, MIT senior Zach Wener-Fligner describes the scene in a campus gym-turned-exam-room on the day of the 2013 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.

July 11, 2014

Writing for The Guardian, Alok Jha pays tribute to Claude Shannon's pioneering work in information theory, without which, he notes, we would have no internet.

July 10, 2014

The first winners of the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics have been announced.

July 09, 2014

MIT professor of applied mathematics John Bush has published work on the aerodynamics of soccer balls.

July 08, 2014

Writing for Aeon, David Hand talks chance, how the improbable sometimes happens, and what you can do to increase the likelihood that it will.

July 07, 2014

The MIT Technology Review gives an overview of Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers by MIT alumnus Joseph Mazur.

July 04, 2014

The mathematics behind quantum theory has provided an explanation for why people respond differently to survey questions depending on the questions' ordering.

July 03, 2014

As Time reports, mathematical techniques are transforming the work of art historians and conservators.

July 02, 2014

Jordan Ellenberg devotes an installment of his Slate column to the question of whether 0.999... equals 1 and, if so, why.

July 01, 2014