Is Maths an Artform?

Sometimes the results of maths are sure beautiful—pretty charts, say, or wonderful visualisations. But can maths itself, those long complex equations, be an artform too? Read More >>

How Do You Build a Möbius Strip Bridge?

We all know about Möbius strips—those 3D shapes surfaces that weirdly only have one side. But how is it possible to build real architectural structures out of a mathematical construct? Read More >>

YouTube's Fun Fibonacci Easter Egg Will Make Maths Nerds Giggle

The Fibonacci number (or sequence, or series) is the mathematical rule that defines the golden spiral, a beautiful growing pattern that appears in many places in nature. It also appears on YouTube when you search "Fibonacci," and it's just silly enough to make us smile. Read More >>

Reckon You Can Solve This Million Dollar Mathematical Problem?

Of the seven Millenium Math Problems, each of which is worth $1 million (£600,000) to the person who can solve it, the Riemann hypothesis is perhaps the most difficult to crack. Reckon you've got what it takes? Read More >>

Visualising How Sorting Algorithms Work is as Good as Any Art

We don't need to tell you that data can be beautiful—but the process of putting it in order can look good, too. A new site called SORTING aims to make people aware of just how elegant some of computer science's most fundamental algorithms can be. Read More >>

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. Read More >>

How to Predict the Odds of Anything

Statistics are used by many industries every day to predict the outcome of future events—but that doesn't mean it's always done right. In this video, Sci Show explains some of the quirks of statistics, and how using them can predict the odds of almost anything. Read More >>

New York City is Fighting Fires With Data Mining

Helmets? Check. Oxygen tanks? Check. Hoses? Ditto. Algorithms? Yep: the New York City Fire Department is using data mining to predict which of the city's buildings are at highest risk of catching fire. Now that's metadata we can get behind. Read More >>

How a Mathematician Hacked a Dating Site to Find His Girl

Mathematicians aren't renowned for their social skills. But in a quest to find love, Chris McKinlay from UCLA realised he could use his analytical skills to his advantage—by hacking dating site OkCupid. Read More >>

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Why Do Some People Hate Mathematics So Much?

In this video, Edward Frenkel—perhaps my favourite mathematician—explains why the thinks the problem is multi-dimensional (no pun intended). [YouTube] Read More >>

How Old Will You Be When You Publish Your First Literary Masterpiece?

Society places a bizarre amount of weight on when a writer or artist creates their first real successful work—blame our obsession with youth. Still, it's interesting to see if there's a correlation between your age and the best work of your career —this diagram helps us do just that. Read More >>

Will Your Novel Be a Best Seller? Ask This Super-Accurate Algorithm

It's tough for humans to predict how well a book will sell until after it's published—it's something of a gamble. But now, a new algorithm can tell if a book will be a commercial success or not long before it hits the shelves—with a staggering 84 per cent accuracy. Read More >>

How Many Humans Would a T-Rex Need to Eat Every Day to Survive?

If Jurassic Park taught us anything, it's that humans are easy prey for T-Rex. But just how many human beings would such a dino need to chow down on every day just to survive? Read More >>

Get More Birthdays By Celebrating Mathematically Significant Dates

Birthdays are great, aren't they? Really, we should have more of them—so why not try and do that by opting to celebrate mathematically significant dates rather than being a slave to the annual event? Read More >>

Why Times and Timezones Still Confuse the Hell Out 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? Read More >>

When Did There Become Too Many Books to Read in One Lifetime?

We've all done it: stood in a library, looking around, we've been confronted by the fact that there are way, way too many books in existence for us to ever read. But when in history did that happen? Read More >>


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