This is the Fourier Transform. You can thank it for providing the music you stream every day, squeezing down the images you see on the Internet into tiny little JPG files, and even powering your noise-canceling headphones. Here’s how it works.
Mathematicians have discovered a surprising pattern in the expression of prime numbers, revealing a previously unknown “bias” to researchers.
Rumors are swirling that Opeyemi Enoch, a professor from the Federal University of Oye Ekiti in Nigeria, has solved the Riemann Hypothesis, a problem that has vexed mathematicians for over 150 years. Too bad it’s not true.
Calculus: A word that triggers involuntary fear spasms in the best of us. But the days of slogging through tedious textbook derivatives are over, if you want them to be. For the past few years, people across the world have studied calculus for free online, by exploring a set of gorgeous, dynamic animations.
It appears that the standard tools used to identify chaotic signatures might be missing lots of hidden chaos — especially in systems that seem like they’re not chaotic at all.
A study of new parents out of Germany makes the claim that having a baby is more hazardous to mental well-being than divorce or the death of a partner.
This week’s puzzle is not about gravity, though you’d be excused for suspecting as much. After all, when most people read “Isaac Newton” and “tree” in the same sentence, they think also of falling apples. But this week’s puzzle, which is widely attributed to Newton, is actually an exercise in orderly arboriculture.
There’s a saying that there’s nothing like going to prison to turn you into a criminal. But now, a new study offers evidence that this homily is statistically sound. Every year a person is kept in prison increases their odds of committing another crime when they are released.
What is a kilobit equal to? The answer is 1,000 bits, but some people say it should really be 1,024.
It should surprise no one that MIT has an origami team whose goal is to create a third level version of a 3-D fractal known as a Menger Sponge, whose ultimate incarnation is a shape with zero volume and infinite surface area. Here's how they do it.
You indirectly use random numbers online every day—to establish secure connections, to encrypt data, perhaps even to satisfy your gambling problem. But their ubiquity belies the fact that they're actually incredibly difficult to find. This is the story of where they come from.
Archimedes was the greatest mathematician of antiquity. He was also a lover of puzzles, which he would devise and pose to his contemporaries. This week, we present you with two versions of what is arguably Archimedes' most challenging puzzle ever.
Pirates, of course, are notoriously greedy – but they're also incredibly shrewd. And don't forget, they'll kill you, if given the chance.
This puzzle would be a lot easier without the blindfold. Are you up for the challenge?
Last week, we asked you to solve 'The Hardest Logic Puzzle In The World." This week, we're asking you to do it again – with a brand new puzzle.
Remember Cody Swanek's cute, Star Wars themed Maths problem from last week? Well, it took Mr Abrams a while to figure out the answer, but he got in touch with Cody to let him know - and ponder a separate mathematical question as well.
The always-excellent Vi Hart (previously) gives one of the most engaging explanations of multiple infinities we've come across in some time.
The roots of CGI lie in the first mechanical aids to drawing and painting. The earliest of these were developed to help solve a problem every artist has found to be sticky: perspective.
Chances are, you've used one of the many useful calculating tools available online: How much would a monthly mortgage cost me with today's interest rates? What time is it on another continent? But there are far more exotic and weird calculators on the Internet. Here are ten of the most unusual.
Of the seven Millenium Math Problems, each of which is worth $1 million to the person who can solve it, the Riemann hypothesis is perhaps the most difficult to crack. Reckon you've got what it takes?