Carbon dating has revealed that the Bakshali manuscript housed in Oxford contains the earliest known version of our modern zero symbol -- and it is nearly 2000 years old
Mathematicians have struggled to understand a 500-page-long proof of the ABC conjecture for half a decade. A new explainer might be able to shed some light
Who pays what in a flat-share is a tricky problem. Results from website Spliddit show the maths of fair division gives the solutions people think are best
Powerful new quantitative tools are now available to combat partisan bias in the drawing of voting districts. The post Gerrymandering Is Illegal, But Only Mathematicians Can Prove It appeared first on WIRED.
For Sylvia Serfaty, mathematics is all about truth and beauty and building scientific and human connections. The post The Beauty of Mathematics: It Can Never Lie to You appeared first on WIRED.
A pair of scientists believe they have an equation that can pinpoint the year the Anthropocene began. The post Calculating the Day Humans Began Changing the Earth Forever appeared first on WIRED.
The ancient Greeks argued that the best life was filled with beauty, truth, justice, play, and love. The mathematician Francis Su knows just where to find them. The post The Mathematician Who Will Make You Fall in Love With Numbers appeared first on WIRED.
By folding fractals into 3-D objects, a mathematical duo hopes to gain new insight into simple equations. The post How to Build Beautiful 3-D Fractals Out of the Simplest Equations appeared first on WIRED.
The prize, founded and funded by Silicon Valley billionaires, aims to ape the film industry and make scientists into celebrities with a televised ceremony
Researchers have uncovered deep connections among different types of random objects, illuminating hidden geometric structures. The post Mathematicians Are Building a Unified Theory of Geometric Randomness appeared first on WIRED.