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Math in the News

Dan Spielman, Adam Marcus, and Nikhil Srivastava this month take home SIAM's George Pólya Prize for their proof of the Kadison-Singer conjecture, five years in the making and inspired by efforts to model complex online communities like Facebook.

July 25, 2014

The New York Times profiles the world's 93rd richest person, mathematician and philanthropist James H. Simons.

July 24, 2014

You can help make the MegaMenger, perhaps the largest fractal ever built, become a reality. 

July 23, 2014

In the fall of 2015, a small, independent school will open in downtown San Francisco: the Juilliard of the mathematically precocious.

July 22, 2014

With the help of Cornell mathematician Steven Strogatz, the Huffington Post explained six naughty-sounding math terms that are, in fact, quite innocent.

July 21, 2014

A grad student-professor pair at Johns Hopkins University has improved upon the Jacobi iterative method, making it 200 times faster and, perhaps, newly suitable for applications in aerospace design, climate modeling, and fluid mechanics.

July 18, 2014

Writing for The Globe and Mail, Siobhan Roberts reviews The Grapes of Math and How Not to Be Wrong, making connections between the summer's selection of math reading and the World Cup action in Brazil.

July 17, 2014

Klaus Peters, mathematics editor and publisher, died unexpectedly on July 7, 2014.

July 16, 2014

In a Numberphile video, author Alex Bellos demonstrates the cake cutting technique mathematician Sir Francis Galton advocated in a 1906 letter to Nature.

July 15, 2014

In a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Columbia Business School professor Ernesto Reuben reports that gender bias is extraordinarily prevalent among STEM hiring managers.

July 14, 2014

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