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# The Nigerian mathematics “genius” who fooled the British media

In the last few days, you may have read about how a Nigerian mathematician, Opeyemi Enoch, solved the Riemann Zeta Hypothesis—a 156-year-old mathematical problem—and bagged…

# Quartz Daily Brief—Asia edition—Paris attacks aftermath, world leaders convene, Ukrainians vote, prehistoric beekeepers

What to watch for today François Hollande meets with leaders of UK, US, Germany and Italy. US president Barack Obama will host the meeting in…

# Guess what? A compelling new mathematical definition makes our humble moon a planet

Deciding what makes a big, round thing a “planet” is surprisingly difficult—just ask Pluto. UCLA professor Jean-Luc Margot has proposed a new, mathematical definition that…

# Photos: The aftermath of the US attack on a Doctors Without Borders hospital

Last month (Oct. 3), the US bombed a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, killing at least…

# The mathematical case for not freaking out about first dates

A few months ago I became single for the first time in several years. As a statistician who studies online dating, I was intrigued to…

# Portraits in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Pakistan and Afghanistan

On Monday, Oct. 26, a powerful earthquake struck Afghanistan and northern Pakistan. Estimated at 7.5 on the Richter scale, the earthquake devastated homes and schools,…

# The best way to learn math is to learn how to fail productively

Singapore, the land of many math geniuses, may have discovered the secret to learning mathematics (pdf). It employs a teaching method called productive failure (pdf),…

# Math scores are slipping among American students, nationwide test shows

American students’ math scores just slipped for the first time in 15 years, in a nationwide test known as the “Nation’s Report Card.“ Fourth and…

# This mathematical formula shows that all-male panels are sexist

This post has been corrected. All-male speaker lineups are so commonplace that there’s at least one Tumblr blog dedicated to mocking them (with a David…

# Scientists and mathematicians aren’t all white men—but you wouldn’t know that from the movies

What do you see when you picture a scientist? For most people—myself included—the default answer is probably a white man in a lab coat, hunched…

# I have a PhD in economics and still don’t consider myself a “math person”

My math career had an inauspicious start. In elementary school, I was removed from the class at math time, so I didn’t “slow everyone else…

# How helping kids with their math homework can make them worse off

It’s understandable that parents worry about their children’s math performance, even at a very young age, and that they try to help. But they may…

# The most useful class you’ll take in college is not science, math or economics

When tuition-paying parents ask themselves what courses at the small liberal arts college where I teach will best prepare their child for the real world,…

# American teens won the International Mathematical Olympiad for the first time in two decades

For all the talk of Americans’ lagging math scores compared to other countries, there are at least six Americans who can say they’re the best…

# Teach kids money-management, not just abstract math

Americans are severely lacking when it comes to financial literacy. Right before the global financial crisis of 2008, economists were shocked by the lack of…

# The reason it’s so darn hard to solve those “viral” math problems for 10-year-olds

It’s been quite a year for mathematics problems on the internet. In the last few months, three questions have been online everywhere, causing consternation and…

# Richard Thaler on misbehavior, tipping, and economists as failed mathematicians

Richard Thaler spent most of his career as an academic outsider. And along the way, he became one of the founding fathers of a once-obscure…

# Princeton mathematician John Nash and his wife, Alicia, are killed in a car accident

Princeton University mathematician John Nash Jr. and his wife, Alicia Nash, were killed in a car accident Saturday (May 23) when the taxi they were…

# America’s best teachers use theater and rap to make kids like math

The typical image of math and science teachers is something of a boring, humorless bookworm. But as it turns out, the best American teachers in…

# Modi’s math is wrong: Only 8% of projects are actually held up because of land acquisition

This post has been updated with a new chart. On April 28, Reliance Power announced it would abandon plans to build a Rs36,000 crore ($5.6…

# The simple math that will change the way you hire forever

This piece originally appeared at First Round Review. Eric Feng made a lot happen at Hulu in just three years. As the first senior executive…

# Quartz Daily Brief—Asia edition—Nepal aftermath, Apple earnings, Abe in America, triceratops

What to watch for today Intense rescue and rebuilding efforts in the wake of the major earthquake that hit Nepal. The death toll from Saturday’s…

# The music industry has a math problem

The standard music superstar critique of services like Pandora and Spotify (there have been a lot of them lately) goes something like this: My song…