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… » 1/16/14 8:17pm 1/16/14 8:17pm

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… » 12/17/13 10:00am 12/17/13 10:00am

Wait a Minute, Does Math Actually Exist?

If you're studying for the algebra test tomorrow or thinking about how little you use math now after you failed it a million times in high school, here's something to melt your brain with just a tad: math might not actually exist. It's not an actual thing of the universe, it's just something humans invented. Or is it… » 6/05/13 9:30pm 6/05/13 9:30pm