# The New Fields Medal Winner Was Inspired By a Rubik's Cube

The Field medal is mathematics' answer to the Nobel Prize, and this year's winners have just been announced. Amongst them is Manjul Bhargava, one of the youngest people to be made a full professor at Princeton University, aged 28, whose work is inspired by... the Rubik's Cube?

# Mind-twisting short shows that ignorance is bliss

Imagine that you have the ability to know how many times people lied in their life. Or how many days they will live just by looking at a number displayed on the top of their heads. That's the premise of this mind-twisting short film by Robert Hloz: Two people with that rare ability meet randomly on the street.

# Why Do Some People Hate Math So Much?

Some people gobble up algebra and calculus like their life depended on it; others would rather poke pins into their eyes than solve a simultaneous equation. But why is that?

# The sum of 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + ... until infinity is somehow -1/12

Here's a fun little brain wrinkle pinch for all you non-math people out there (that should be everyone in the world*): the sum of all natural numbers, from one to infinity, is not a ridiculously big number like you would expect but actually just -1/12. Yes, the sum of every number from one to infinity is some weird…

# You've Never Seen Pi Look So Interesting in So Many Ways

Martin Krzywinski is an artist. No, wait, he's a mathematician. Actually, scratch that: he's both, and he can make the number Pi look insanely beautiful.

# Why Times and Timezones Still Confuse the Hell Out of Developers

There have been no end of time and calendar mess-ups in software over the years, and they still seem to keep happening. So why is it that times and timezones still confuse the hell out of developers?

# The Math Behind the NSA's Email Hacks

We're all outraged by the NSA's invasions of privacy, sure—but we don't perhaps understand exactly how it managed it. This video explains the maths behind the agency's surveillance.

# Polynesian People Were Using Binary 600 Years Ago

Binary lies at the heart of our technological lives: those strings of ones and zeroes are fundamental to the way all our digital devices function. But while the invention of binary is usually credited to German mathematician Gottfried Leibniz in the 18th Century, it turns out the Polynesians were using it as far back…

# It's Always 10:10 in Watch Ads

It's always 10:10 in watch ads, as this video shows. What the hell?

# The Math Hidden in *Futurama*

You might just watch Futurama and chuckle deeply to yourself—as you should!—but if you study it a little more closely, you'll find that it's stuffed full of numbers and math.

# This Video Finally Makes Sense of Logarithms

If math brings you out in a cold sweat, then logarithms surely leave you in a sobbing heap. But no longer, thanks to the wonderful Vi Hart.

# The Weird Math Behind Paper Sizes

Despite all the talk of the paperless office, for some reason most of us still seem to drown under piles of dead tree. But while we're all intimately familiar with the stuff, understanding where those weird sizing conventions came from never seems to get any easier.

# Four Infinity Puzzles to Melt Your Monday Mind

It's Monday morning and the work week ahead seems infinite. It's not though, and you should be glad because infinity isn't just long, it's also confusing. Take for instance this quartet of infinite paradoxes that will blow your groggy mind.