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Why a Traffic Flow Suddenly Turns Into a Traffic Jam

Those aggravating slowdowns aren’t one driver’s fault. They’re everybody’s fault.

How to Improve Political Forecasts

With a better understanding of probability, we won’t be misled.

The Math That Takes Newton Into the Quantum World

How a math professor learned to stop worrying and love algebraic geometry.

Does Scrabble Need To Be Fixed?

An experiment in controlling how much of Scrabble is luck.

Kolmogorov Complexity and Our Search for Meaning

What math can teach us about finding order in our chaotic lives.

Pick the Statistic You Want to Be

Understanding the odds lets you play with them.

How to Teach Science with Sugar and Cream

High school teachers are bringing ice cream into the lab.

Claude Shannon, the Las Vegas Shark

The father of information theory built a machine to game roulette, then abandoned it.

The Strange Similarity of Neuron and Galaxy Networks

Your life’s memories could, in principle, be stored in the universe’s structure.