A University of Rochester study shows that baboons are able to understand numbers. Experimenters showed the monkeys peanut-filled cups and the monkeys then chose which cup contained more peanuts. Read more about the experiment and its conclusions...
Check out this interview of Shing-Tung Yau, the mathematician known for conceiving the math behind string theory.
Learn about how this mathematician, who grew up in poverty in China, eventually graduated with advanced degrees. He then went on to conceive the math that supports string theory, the idea that holds that the universe is built of ten-dimensional subatomic vibrating strings. His story that will have you rethinking the possibilities of math.
One student's master's thesis uses math to predict the placement of non-BCS players in the NFL. Take a look.
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In a disaster, having the right warnings can help to prepare people and save lives.
Mathematicians in Australia have created models that can help locate the best places for positioning buoys that can warn the maximum number of people of coming tsunamis.
Graphic designer Simon Page uses his background in mathematics to incorporate geometric shapes into his designs. For his creative work, he was selected as graphic designer for the International Year of Astronomy in 2009 by the International Astronomical Union and UNICEF.
Check out his designs and read his interview, in which he talks about his use of math in his design work.
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Mathematical models developed at Purdue University in Indiana are helping scientists understand how embryonic stem cells later turn into specific tissues. This research opens new implications for understanding and treating developmental disorders and even some diseases.
When will I use this?
Meet professionals from a number of exciting fields, who use mathematics in their jobs every day, in the We Use Math video series. After months of planning and filming, the introduction segment is now complete and ready for viewing.
While many developed civilizations have left written language for us to interpret through the centuries, others developed their own less-understood means of writing, often through pictures.
With the help of mathematics, researchers in England are cracking the code, so to speak, on the writings and images left to us by ancient inhabitants of Scotland.
Their findings have recently been published the Proceedings of the Royal Society.
Actually, make that more specific: the underwater world.
Using mathematical models, Cornell University researchers have developed tools to help marine biologists better understand the processes that occur underwater, including coral bleaching and bacterial diseases.
Jaime Escalante changed minds and opinions about the possibility of successfully teaching demanding subjects to inner-city students. In 1982, 14 of Escalante's students at Garfield High School in working-class East Los Angeles passed the Advanced Placement calculus exam. Many more students took and passed the challenging exam during Escalante's years teaching at the school.
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The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.