Math
31 articles
The Math of the Amazing Sandpile
To understand selforganization in nature, behold the sandpile. 
Why Mathematicians Should Stop Naming Things After Each Other
A past generation’s glory can be the next generation’s headache. 
Why COVID19 FlareUps Will Keep Happening
Like earthquakes and forest fires, outbreaks have a “heavy tail” of large events. 
To Beat COVID19, Think Like a Fighter Pilot
How an aerialcombat theory can help fight the outbreak. 
Mapping GayFriendly Cities Through History
A data analyst uncovers a timeless message about correlation.

Are Neural Networks About to Reinvent Physics?
The revolution of machine learning has been greatly exaggerated.

How Search Algorithms Are Changing the Course of Mathematics
The sumofthreecubes problem solved for “stubborn” number 33.

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. 
You’re Descended from Royalty and So Is Everybody Else
Anybody you can name from ancient history is in your family tree. 
How to Teach Science with Sugar and Cream
High school teachers are bringing ice cream into the lab.