To many of us, the government shutdown is inexplicable: a crazy situation, brought about a minority faction over a bill that's already been passed into law. But for math professor Peter Turchin, it was entirely predicable.
Scientists love developing equations that can accurately predict real-life events—so when researchers from Stanford looked at Reddit, they naturally wondered if they could predict how successful posts would be. This equation is the result of their work.
When the global financial markets began to collapse in 2007, everybody turned on the banks and bankers — and they haven't stopped since. But one of the culprits was a humble piece of mathematics: the Black-Scholes equation.
A writer for Futurama created a brand new math theorem based on group theory to explain a plot twist in the show. That is like, going way beyond the call of duty, dude.