The Math of the Amazing Sandpile
To understand self-organization 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 COVID-19 Flare-Ups Will Keep Happening
Like earthquakes and forest fires, outbreaks have a “heavy tail” of large events.
To Beat COVID-19, Think Like a Fighter Pilot
How an aerial-combat theory can help fight the outbreak.
Mapping Gay-Friendly Cities Through History
A data analyst uncovers a timeless message about correlation.
What Are the Odds of Alien Contact?
Bringing the Drake Equation up to date.
How Inequality Imperils Cooperation
A game theorist breaks down the effects of inequality.
Are Neural Networks About to Reinvent Physics?
The revolution of machine learning has been greatly exaggerated.
Presenting the Scrabble Luck Calculator
Are you as good at Scrabble as you think?
How Search Algorithms Are Changing the Course of Mathematics
The sum-of-three-cubes problem solved for “stubborn” number 33.