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# Girls are still afraid of math, even when their moms are scientists

Understanding why girls do worse than boys (pdf) in math, and why they have more anxiety about the subject, is complicated. Cultural norms that favor…

# Swipe left 37 times: The mathematical formula to find “The One”

Dating is a bit of a gamble. You could miss out on finding “The One” if you settle down too soon, but wait too long…

# The unlikely friendship that uncovered an untrained Indian mathematician’s genius

Throughout the history of mathematics, there has been no one remotely like Srinivasa Ramanujan. There is no doubt that he was a great mathematician, but…

# A Stanford professor says counting on your fingers is “critical” to understanding math

Using your fingers to count has long been the scourge of math teachers. But a new research paper published online by Stanford University’s mathematics education…

# Mathematicians mapped out every “Game of Thrones” relationship to find the main character

Fans of the Game of Thrones books and TV series have long quarreled over who the true hero of the story is. Daenerys? Tyrion? Jon…

# The aftermath of the Paris attacks shows what Europe’s many luxury companies can expect after Brussels

Yesterday (March 23), Hermès CEO Axel Dumas spoke to reporters in Paris about the company’s 2015 results. Sales were good, but he had to confront…

# Americans are spectacularly bad at answering even the most basic math questions

When the OECD tested half-a-million 15-year-old students around the world in a test known as PISA in 2012, US teens came in 27th place in…

# Mathematicians are geeking out about a bizarre discovery in prime numbers

Prime numbers have both fascinated and boggled mathematicians for millennia. But a new study contends that one aspect of prime numbers’ core usefulness—the ability to…

# Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English

Schools face relentless pressure to up their offerings in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math. Few are making the case for philosophy. Maybe they…

# How to build a time machine, from a university math professor

Every now and again, we all indulge in dreams about traveling in time. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to return to that specific point in the…

# Maths and science are the keys to unlocking Africa’s potential

Angelina Lutambi was born into a peasant family in Tanzania’s Dodoma region, where HIV/AIDS has decimated much of the population. Her future could easily have…