11 Creative Interpretations Of The Golden Ratio's Perfect Proportions

Although the Golden Ratio was devised way, way back by ancient Greek mathematicians, you might remember it from such modern implementations as the Apple logo and an early incarnation of Twitter. But, honestly, it can be a total mind-fuck for non-designers to wrap their heads around. » 3/03/14 9:00am 3/03/14 9:00am

Here's what a mathematically perfect centered pool break looks like

If you're curious about what would happen if a perfectly hit cue ball hit a perfectly aligned pool rack perfectly in the middle, well here's what it will look like. It's mathematically perfect. Not even the best pool players in the world, magnet breakers or robots can even get it to look like this. » 2/07/14 12:11am 2/07/14 12:11am

Ugh, Who Invited Math To the Rubik's Cube Party?

The simplicity of the Rubik's Cube puzzle is what makes it so devilishly difficult to solve at times. It's just a bunch of colored squares, but getting them to group together can be a life's pursuit for many people. So who in their right mind thought that taking the Rubik's Cube formula and adding mathematical patterns … » 11/29/13 7:00pm 11/29/13 7:00pm

Amazing video reveals what it's like to be able to see The Matrix

Math, it's so boring. Said everyone anytime anyone ever asked them to do basic arithmetic. But it doesn't have to be! Yann Pineill & Nicolas Lefaucheux of Parachutes.tv has dispelled the notion that math is boring by making it look beautiful. Yes, beautiful. And a little bit like seeing The Matrix. » 11/07/13 8:21pm 11/07/13 8:21pm

A Mathematician Found the Formula For the Perfectly Proportioned Pizza

Making pizza at home can be healthier and cheaper than getting delivery, and you can customize it exactly how you prefer. But nailing down the size and amount of toppings for the perfect pie can be tricky, or at least it was until a mathematician from the University of Sheffield developed an actual formula that… » 10/21/13 10:40am 10/21/13 10:40am

Mathematician Designs a Time Cloak That Uses Just Light and Mirrors

You know what the futurists are always saying: Time cloaks are so cool but they're so complicated. And it's true! What were you expecting from a device that literally hides moments in time? A Northwestern mathematician has just shown, though, it doesn't have to be quite so hard after all. » 8/14/13 12:20pm 8/14/13 12:20pm

Did Mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki Invent Bitcoin?

It's hard not to be curious about the true identity of Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, since he or she basically just stuck around on the internet long enough to introduce Bitcoin/get everyone all riled up and then disappeared. But Ted Nelson, the sociologist who invented the term "hypertext," thinks he knows who… » 5/19/13 12:36pm 5/19/13 12:36pm

The Mathematical Formula For a Perfectly Decorated Christmas Tree

It turns out that decorating your Christmas tree isn't necessarily all about taste. Mathematicians at the University of Sheffield in the UK have developed a formula for the perfect way to deck the halls. More specifically, what ratio of ornaments to lights to tinsel will make your tree most aesthetically pleasing. » 12/06/12 12:20pm 12/06/12 12:20pm

How the Internet Helps Deaf Science Students Create New Signs

How do you learn a concept if there is no word for it? That's a question people who are deaf and pursuing science often struggle with. The answer is not exactly easy, and involves a group effort across the non-hearing community. » 12/04/12 2:40pm 12/04/12 2:40pm

The Tortilla Hexaflexagon Will Boggle Your Mind (and Stomach)

Cooking is as much a science as astrophysics, biology, or mathematics. Particularly when professional mathemusician and YouTuber Vi Hart gets involved. Watch in awe as she turns a regular tortilla into a complex origami creation—a hexaflexagon to be exact—and feel vastly inferior the next time you're downing a boring… » 10/26/12 9:05am 10/26/12 9:05am