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"You don't have to believe in God, but you should believe in The Book," Erdős explained to other mathematicians. In 1994, during conversations with Erdős at the Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics in Germany, the mathematician Martin Aigner came up with an idea: Why not actually try ...

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Young mathematicians from two states will once again travel to Southern Illinois University Carbondale for day of competitions, comradery and achievement. The annual Math Field Day competition is set for Tuesday, March 20, at the SIU Arena. Organizers expect students from about ...
When I was teaching mathematics in the 90s, before the internet, I had a book of "women mathematicians." This was helpful for sharing inspirational stories with my middle school students, but there were just six women in this short book. These days, we have the internet - and more stories about women ...
In the nineteenth century, mathematicians proved the Prime Number Theorem. Given some large natural number, the theorem gives a rough estimate for how many numbers smaller than the given number are prime. Primes get rarer among larger numbers according to a particular approximate formula.
Some mathematicians argue that tau makes life simpler because in a circle, pi represents the ratio between circumference and diameter, which can make calculations a little confusing. This is because most mathematical calculations use the radius (half the diameter) to describe circles. Take for example, a ...

“Hidden Figures” has an extended and explanatory subtitle: "The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race." The life stories of these black women were so immediately compelling the movie was produced about simultaneously with the ...
Mathematicians have decried the absence of mathematics laboratories in primary and secondary schools as well as polytechnics and universities. Dr Sunday Adeniran, President, Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN), accused the government ofbeing lackadaisical towards the teaching and learning ...
Over the last year, however, mathematicians have brought the mathematics of general relativity into sharper focus. Two groups have come up with proofs related to an important problem in general relativity called the black hole stability conjecture. Their work proves that Einstein's equations match a physical ...
Dissatisfaction with the European Union is on the rise, as Sunday's elections in Italy showed. Now, even some mathematicians are mad at Brussels. In a paper uploaded recently to the arXiv server, Friedrich Pukelsheim of the University of Augsburg in Germany and Geoffrey Grimmett of the University of ...
The London-Paris Number Theory Seminar held its 22nd meeting last June, in London. It had come a long way in the 11 years since I founded it – alongside a handful of colleagues from the two capitals – as a way to do something useful with a French research grant. The idea in 2006 had been to cover the ...
STEPHEN Hawking's view that the universe started with a huge Big Bang has been disproved by a team of mathematicians. Hawking's view of the universe relies on the concept of 'singularities' – where conditions are so extreme that the laws of physics simply break down, making any meaningful scientific ...
Lovelace is one of many women mathematicians we should appreciate all year long, not just during Women's History Month. Thanks to last year's excellent film, “Hidden Figures,” we know the story of Katherine Johnson, one of three African-American math whizzes essential to launching astronaut John ...
gizmos-explorelearning-cue18-top Spring CUE 2018 Preview: Gizmos Turn Students Into CUE 18 Preview: Over 400 math and science gizmos, easy to use, teach and learn simulations, turn students into scientists and mathematicians. You may not know the name Explore Learning but if you're a 3rd grade ...
Lovelace is one of many women mathematicians we should appreciate all year long, not just during Women's History Month. Thanks to last year's excellent film, “Hidden Figures,” we know the story of Katherine Johnson, one of three African-American math whizzes essential to launching astronaut John ...
This approximation, often used by astronomers, is based upon equations developed by the 18th-century mathematicians Joseph-Louis Lagrange and Pierre-Simon Laplace. Within the framework of these equations, the individual particles and pebbles on each particular orbital trajectory are mathematically ...
Brazilian mathematicians considering humanity's chances of surviving a zombie uprising have calculated that to have any sort of shot, civilians would need help from a fairly large standing army. Their estimates led them to a surprising conclusion. According to the researchers' standard model, which ...

While aesthetics in art or music besides the opposite sex are what people usually appreciate, or relate to as being beautiful, Zeki said mathematicians used emotive terms to describe a formula's aesthetic value. Zeki said he was inspired by the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan to probe this ...
On Wednesday the Government announced more details about the new times table check that it is introducing for primary school children. This summer some schools will trial it with their Year 4 students, and then next summer all schools will be able to take part on a voluntary basis, before it becomes ...
University of Chicago mathematicians Alexander Beilinson and Vladimir Drinfeld have been awarded the prestigious Wolf Prize for Mathematics “for their groundbreaking work in algebraic geometry, representation theory and mathematical physics.” Awarded by the Israeli Wolf Foundation, the prize honors ...
The core team involves distinguished mathematicians such as Adrian Ocneanu, a visiting professor this year at Harvard, Vaughan Jones, and Alina Vdovina. As important are rising stars who have come to Harvard from around the world, including Jinsong Wu from the Harbin Institute of Technology and ...
This map shows a shifting kaleidoscope of partisan advantage, for US Congressional voting districts, since 1972. The size of each state is adjusted according to its number of seats in 2012. "The 2003 Texas redistricting is striking," notes …more. In 1812, the governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge ... tool
There was a time, not so long ago, when calculators were spurned as the handmaid of the lazy maths student. But according to the latest research, far from hindering young maths pupils, these little magic boxes actually aid them with their arithmetic skills. Academics for the Education ...
"These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for BRITAIN is politicians' best opportunity to meet them and understand their work." Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives £2,000, while silver and bronze receive £1,250 and £750 ...
This program is sponsored by the International Union of Mathematicians (IMU) and is supported by a grant from the Niels Henrik Abel Board, the same board who awards the prestigious Abel Prize in Mathematics. It is designed to offer post-doctoral mathematicians who are based in developing countries ...
On 26 January 1969 in New Orleans, 17 African-American mathematicians gathered at the annual national mathematical meeting. They wanted to join forces to promote mathematics in their communities, and to improve excellence and opportunities for scholars in mathematical science. One of them ...
Young mathematicians from Brine Leas School in Nantwich are celebrating after winning the University of Keele Senior Maths Team Challenge. The clever calculators scooped the Keele Shield for their successful performance. Chris Barker, BL6 head of mathematics, said his team excelled in the team ...
Mathematicians have devised a way of calculating the size of a tsunami and its destructive force well in advance of it making landfall by measuring fast-moving underwater sound waves, opening up the possibility of a real-time early warning system. The sound waves, known as acoustic gravity waves ...
Very often, mathematicians are interested in things that lay people do not find interesting at all. The nature of problems are obscure and often unrelated to our daily lives. The methods of solving them are even more inaccessible. It's no wonder then that there are far fewer top mathematicians writing books for ...
Edge-reinforced random walks produce a co-evolution of the network with the dynamics of the walkers. At time t the walker is on the red node and has already visited the grey nodes, while the shaded nodes are still unexplored. The widths of edges are proportional to their weights. At time t + 1 the walker ...
After repeated failures, mathematicians began to tackle this problem more gradually. Instead of twin primes with a gap of two, they began proving different versions of the conjecture. In these versions, the prime pairs had larger gaps between them. Yitang Zhang, a professor in a fairly obscure university in ...
The first few primes are 2, 3, 5, 7 and 11. The rest, like 4 for instance, are not prime: 4 can be broken down to 2 times 2, as well as 4 times 1. But when mathematicians and computer scientists talk about large prime numbers — hundreds or thousands of digits long — it's often in the context of encryption: big ...
Beginning in 1936, the International Congress of Mathematicians awarded two Fields Medals every 4 years to recognize outstanding mathematical promise and achievement. In 1966, the organization (now run by the International Mathematics Union) bumped it up to four medals every 4 years and ...
He received his doctorate at Princeton University under the mentorship of Bill Thurston, one of the most important mathematicians of the last half-century. He is now a tenured professor at Brown University whose most important work has taken place in the field of dynamics, which studies the long-run ...
The DASPO-group for data analysis and survival in personalized sarcoma at the Mathematical Institute has developed an app that provides personalised predictions for patients suffering from soft tissue sarcomas. Due to the aggressive nature of such tumors, the prognosis for such patients is poor, even ...
The Fields Medal, whose origins date back to the 1930s, will be issued again this year in August to up to four of the world's most accomplished mathematicians under the age of 40. In a commentary for Nature, Michael Barany, a Society of Fellows post-doctoral fellow in history at Dartmouth, proposes that ...
A new laboratory is being set up with France's National Center for Scientific Research to bring together some of the world's best mathematicians. The pioneering venture will integrate leading researchers and students from both institutions to significantly advance collaboration in mathematics between ...
In long-overlooked archives, I've found details of turning points in the medal's past that, in my view, hold lessons for those deliberating whom to recognize in August at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and beyond. Since the late 1960s, the Fields Medal has ...
He likes problems he can read about today and start solving tomorrow — simple problems, fun problems, problems that have the aspect of a carnival game: Step right up and see what you can do with this one! It's an unusual disposition among research mathematicians. Schwartz embraces it completely.
One of the four brilliant mathematicians who were awarded Fields medals at the 2014 ICM was Maryam Mirzakhani, who was born and educated in Iran, and completed a PhD in mathematics at Harvard University. Behind that brief outline, there was an exceptional person with an astonishing history.
While physicists consider the equations to be as reliable as a hammer, mathematicians eye them warily. To a mathematician, it means little that the equations appear to work. They want proof that the equations are unfailing: that no matter the fluid, and no matter how far into the future you forecast its flow, the ...
He is now eligible for a $3,000 award. When asked about mathematicians' fascination with such mammoth numbers, Caldwell said: “They are exciting to those of us who are interested in them. It's like asking why do you climb a mountain.” He compares prime numbers to diamonds, with small ones finding ...
She said: “I was very proud of the support and encouragement the children gave each other throughout the competition, with some of our more reluctant mathematicians answering the 1000 questions set. “The pupils were delighted to win and have asked me to enter them into the national version after ...
Invited professor of RUDN University Durvudkhan Suragan and a team of colleagues have obtained and established new types of functional inequalities. Hardy's inequalities are an important type of problem solving in mathematical physics. The results of the study were published in Advances in ...
While physicists consider the equations to be as reliable as a hammer, mathematicians eye them warily. To a mathematician, it means little that the equations appear to work. They want proof that the equations are unfailing: that no matter the fluid, and no matter how far into the future you forecast its flow, the ...
In response, Sergeyev told RetractionWatch that the decision by the journal to disown his paper was part of a decade-long “witch-hunt campaign” by rival mathematicians against his work. His critics, however, were unrepentant. Alexander Gutman from Novosibirsk University in Russia said Sergeyev's work ...
In the 1980s, two European mathematicians posed a baffling conjecture. The problem begins with one of algebra's most basic premises, adding two positive whole numbers to equal a third one: a + b = c. From there, though, everything goes a bit sideways. The ABC conjecture questions the nature of ...
In an effort to untangle the mathematics, mathematicians have held workshops and produced a summary paper, totalling a meagre 400 pages. But while some have been converted to IUT, others have remained sceptical of the proof. “A small number of those close to Mochizuki claim to understand the proof ...
The core team involves distinguished mathematicians such as Adrian Ocneanu, a visiting professor this year at Harvard, Vaughan Jones, and Alina Vdovina. As important are rising stars who have come to Harvard from around the world, including Jinsong Wu from the Harbin Institute of Technology and ...
Edge-reinforced random walks produce a co-evolution of the network with the dynamics of the walkers. At time t the walker is on the red node and has already visited the grey nodes, while the shaded nodes are still unexplored. The widths of …more. Researchers from Queen Mary University of London ...


 

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