We have believed that the Earth is round for over 2,000 years. But have we all been duped? Rapper B.o.B certainly thinks so. He spent…

# An NFL player was just accepted to the math PhD program at MIT

The National Football League offseason is supposed to be a time for players to relax, recover from the brutality of the prior season, and prepare…

# Yale psychologists have built a mathematical model for selfishness

Ever wonder why some people have a tendency to be nice—even in situations where it costs them—while others are constantly out for themselves? Psychologists from…

# Mathematicians have found a new scientific way to ruin pizza

Pizza is one of humankind’s most holy institutions. But now some enterprising mathematicians want to ruin it, in the name of equality. Joel Haddley and…

# Quartz Daily Brief—Americas edition—Oil keeps falling, Democrats debated, pizza-slicing mathematics

What to watch for today Oil prices are falling after Iran sanctions ended. Crude oil dropped to below $29 per barrel on anticipation of a…

# The math that makes today a great day to play the lottery

At $800 million, the Jan. 9 Powerball jackpot is the biggest prize up for grabs in US lottery history. It’s still not quite large enough…

# Parents: Your math anxiety is only making homework harder for your kids

While doing a math problem with my six-year-old recently during a classroom session for parents, I barked at her, “Just put the number in any…

# A Golden Key for governments to bypass cryptography will never work, because math

In the name of protecting us against terrorists, law enforcement agencies want high tech companies to relinquish their Golden Keys—backdoors to their otherwise unbreakable encryption…

# The media never shows us the aftermath of shootings. I drew this, so we can’t look away

It’s one of the oldest and least-revealing clichés in the book: A picture is worth 1,000 words. I am skeptical of this adage. What are…

# There’s a mathematical model to predict how funny a word is

A fizza-ma-wizza-ma-dill is the shizzle. Dr. Seuss and Snoop Dogg have more than just a permanent smirk in common—they are both liberal employers of made-up…

# A simple, mathematical formula for packing your perfect carry-on

Like a blank page, the sight of an empty suitcase can fill a person with dread. No matter how many times we face the task…

# 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,…