Sunday February 14th 2016

Posts Tagged ‘new scientist’

Patents for software?

Patents for software?

  AT SOME point in their career every mathematician comes up against the question, is mathematics invented or discovered? The query makes some cranky. The answer doesn’t directly affect their work, after all, and the discussion often leads nowhere useful. [Read More]

Agent Higgs game turns real particle hunt on its head

Agent Higgs game turns real particle hunt on its head

    As the world waits for the next installment of news in the hunt for the Higgs boson, a simple smart phone game encourages players to hide, not hunt, the world’s favourite particle.    Read more in this New Scientist article.    [Read More]

Prize awarded for largest mathematical proof

Prize awarded for largest mathematical proof

  The largest proof in mathematics is colossal in every dimension – from the 100-plus people needed to crack it to its 15,000 pages of calculations. Now the man who helped complete a key missing piece of the proof has won a prize. In early November, Michael [Read More]

Tibetan singing bowls

Tibetan singing bowls

Tibetan singing bowls, ancient instruments used for meditation, can be manipulated to produce droplets that levitate, bounce and skip across water. When one adds water to a Tibetan singing bowl and plays – often by tracing the edge with a mallet – the bowl’s [Read More]

Turning math into money

Turning math into money

Mathematician Richard Hamilton was named a co-winner of the 2011 Shaw Prize for Mathematical Sciences. The honor comes with a $500K check. Hamilton is best known as the architect of the Ricci flow, a mathematical process that formed the foundation of Grisha Perelman’s [Read More]

Trig Shots

Trig Shots

What’s the hardest straight-in shot in pool? Mathematician tries to find out in this article for New Scientist. This article is behind a paywall and I haven’t yet uploaded a pdf. Email me, and I’ll send you a copy. [Read More]

The Perfect Way to Slice a Pizza

The Perfect Way to Slice a Pizza

Unsolved problems make for good stories. In this case, a couple of mathematicians cracked the little-known “Pizza Conjecture,” a rigorous attempt to understand how to share a pie. I wrote the story behind the solution for New Scientist in December 2009. Read it [Read More]

Wallpaper for a Hyperbolic World

Wallpaper for a Hyperbolic World

Frank Farris is a mathematician who has some wild ideas about wallpapering your hyperbolic house. I wrote about him for New Scientist. If you subscribe to the magazine, you can read the story here. I hope to post a pdf of the story soon; in the meantime, feel free to email [Read More]

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Finding Foods for the Future

Finding Foods for the Future

This translucent red alga grows along northern, rocky coastlines of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. And its colorful, [Read More]

Of Waves and Wallpaper

Of Waves and Wallpaper

To most people, wallpaper is little more than a decorative background on a flat surface: Pleasing designs, pasted in [Read More]

Going deep

Going deep

  HOW low can you go? Dedicated deep cavers plumb the depths for an answer, and a newly announced expedition may [Read More]

Your weight is about to be redefined

Your weight is about to be redefined

I wrote about the upcoming redefinition of the kilogram for Nautilus. [Read More]

Uncharted underground

Uncharted underground

Matt Covington didn’t sleep much the night before his big swim. Who could blame him? For two days, the wiry caver [Read More]

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