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Professor Who Solved Fermat's Last Theorem Wins Math's Abel PrizeThe mathematics problem he solved had been lingering since 1637 — and he first read about it when he was just 10 years old, during a visit to the library.Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:19:00 -0400
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/17/470786922/professor-who-solved-fermat-s-last-theorem-wins-math-s-abel-prize?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematics
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/17/470786922/professor-who-solved-fermat-s-last-theorem-wins-math-s-abel-prize?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematicsThe mathematics problem he solved had been lingering since 1637 — and he first read about it when he was just 10 years old, during a visit to the library.]]>Bill ChappellOn Pi Day, Let's Gawk At The Beauty And Controversy Of The Math Constant Pi is an introduction to the extraordinary mystery of math, say some. Others say pi is not special and needs to be reformed.Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:05:00 -0400
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/14/470372197/on-pi-day-lets-gawk-at-the-beauty-and-controversy-of-the-math-constant?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematics
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/14/470372197/on-pi-day-lets-gawk-at-the-beauty-and-controversy-of-the-math-constant?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematicsPi is an introduction to the extraordinary mystery of math, say some. Others say pi is not special and needs to be reformed.]]>Eyder PeraltaTrack Jupiter's Path Like An Ancient BabylonianClay tablets show that Babylonian astronomers tracked planets using a method that was thought to be invented 1,400 years later. In a way, scientists say, the ancient techniques were "very modern."Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:01:00 -0500
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/28/464447490/track-jupiters-path-like-an-ancient-babylonian?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematics
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/28/464447490/track-jupiters-path-like-an-ancient-babylonian?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematicsClay tablets show that Babylonian astronomers tracked planets using a method that was thought to be invented 1,400 years later. In a way, scientists say, the ancient techniques were "very modern."]]>Nell GreenfieldboyceHow Real Is Reality?Reality seems pretty stubborn, pretty fixed — and pretty much independent of whatever is going on in your head. But is it, really? Astrophysicist Adam Frank explores the scientific debate.Tue, 05 Jan 2016 08:55:00 -0500
http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/01/05/462010293/how-real-is-reality?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematics
http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/01/05/462010293/how-real-is-reality?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematicsReality seems pretty stubborn, pretty fixed — and pretty much independent of whatever is going on in your head. But is it, really? Astrophysicist Adam Frank explores the scientific debate.]]>Adam Frank1 Tutor + 1 Student = Better Math Scores, Less FearMath anxiety is much like other fears, say scientists who scanned the brains of third-graders. One-on-one tutoring soothed the fear circuit in anxious kids' brains and improved performance, too.Tue, 08 Sep 2015 17:25:00 -0400
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/09/08/438592588/one-tutor-one-student-better-math-scores-less-fear?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematics
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/09/08/438592588/one-tutor-one-student-better-math-scores-less-fear?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematicsMath anxiety is much like other fears, say scientists who scanned the brains of third-graders. One-on-one tutoring soothed the fear circuit in anxious kids' brains and improved performance, too.]]>Patti NeighmondWith Discovery, 3 Scientists Chip Away At An Unsolvable Math Problem For decades, we have known of only 14 convex pentagons that can do something called "tiling the plane." Now there is a 15th shape, but mathematicians are still far from knowing exactly how many exist.Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:13:00 -0400
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/14/432015615/with-discovery-3-scientists-chip-away-at-an-unsolvable-math-problem?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematics
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/14/432015615/with-discovery-3-scientists-chip-away-at-an-unsolvable-math-problem?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematicsFor decades, we have known of only 14 convex pentagons that can do something called "tiling the plane." Now there is a 15th shape, but mathematicians are still far from knowing exactly how many exist.]]>Eyder PeraltaCut Your Bagel The Mathematically Correct WayBagels are getting too big and puffy, throwing off proper ratios to cream cheese and lox. Something must be done.Thu, 06 Aug 2015 13:45:00 -0400
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http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/08/06/429437860/cut-your-bagel-the-mathematically-correct-way?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematicsBagels are getting too big and puffy, throwing off proper ratios to cream cheese and lox. Something must be done.]]>Dan PashmanThey're No. 1: U.S. Wins Math Olympiad For First Time In 21 YearsAmerica's top math students went head-to-head with competitors from more than 100 countries — and they won. "If you can even solve one question," their head coach says, "you're a bit of a genius."Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:08:00 -0400
http://www.npr.org/2015/07/18/424122249/theyre-no-1-u-s-wins-math-olympiad-for-first-time-in-21-years?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematics
http://www.npr.org/2015/07/18/424122249/theyre-no-1-u-s-wins-math-olympiad-for-first-time-in-21-years?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematicsAmerica's top math students went head-to-head with competitors from more than 100 countries — and they won. "If you can even solve one question," their head coach says, "you're a bit of a genius."]]>NPR Staff'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash Jr. Dies In New Jersey Car CrashThe Nobel Prize winner, who struggled with schizophrenia and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film<em>,</em> died with his wife in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials say. He was 86.Sun, 24 May 2015 10:40:00 -0400
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/24/409228559/beautiful-mind-mathematician-john-nash-jr-dies-in-new-jersey-car-crash?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematics
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/24/409228559/beautiful-mind-mathematician-john-nash-jr-dies-in-new-jersey-car-crash?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematicsThe Nobel Prize winner, who struggled with schizophrenia and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film, died with his wife in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials say. He was 86.]]>Scott NeumanThe Invisible World Has A Funky Fresh BeatInvisible mathematical relations guide the sounds in this video — and everywhere, says astrophysicist Adam Frank. They're present in the waves your cellphone uses and are the heartbeat of the tides.Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:51:00 -0500
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http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2015/01/13/376898041/the-invisible-world-has-a-funky-fresh-beat?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematicsInvisible mathematical relations guide the sounds in this video — and everywhere, says astrophysicist Adam Frank. They're present in the waves your cellphone uses and are the heartbeat of the tides.]]>Adam FrankWho Needs Algebra? New Approach To College Math Helps More PassThe subject long been considered essential to a well-rounded education, but it's also been a subject that keeps millions of people from getting a degree.Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:03:00 -0400
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/10/09/354645977/who-needs-algebra?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematics
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/10/09/354645977/who-needs-algebra?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematicsThe subject long been considered essential to a well-rounded education, but it's also been a subject that keeps millions of people from getting a degree.]]>Elissa Nadworny Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest <em>Intelligence Squared</em> debate.Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:17:00 -0400
http://www.npr.org/2014/09/19/347145921/debate-should-schools-embrace-the-common-core?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematics
http://www.npr.org/2014/09/19/347145921/debate-should-schools-embrace-the-common-core?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematicsThe Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.]]>NPR StaffA Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?Health leaders now say the Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially. That means, if nothing changes in the next few weeks, we could see at least 60,000 Ebola cases by the end of 2014.Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:00:00 -0400
http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2014/09/18/349341606/why-the-math-of-the-ebola-epidemic-is-so-scary?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematics
http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2014/09/18/349341606/why-the-math-of-the-ebola-epidemic-is-so-scary?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematicsHealth leaders now say the Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially. That means, if nothing changes in the next few weeks, we could see at least 60,000 Ebola cases by the end of 2014.]]>Michaeleen DoucleffCut Your Cake And Keep It (Fresh), TooA British mathematician proclaimed in 1906 that there's a better way to cut a cake than dividing it into wedges. Now a video by Alex Bellos is bringing his method back to life.Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:50:00 -0400
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http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/06/19/323656819/cut-your-cake-and-keep-it-fresh-too?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematicsA British mathematician proclaimed in 1906 that there's a better way to cut a cake than dividing it into wedges. Now a video by Alex Bellos is bringing his method back to life.]]>Eliza BarclayStudy: U.S. Adults Below Average In Literacy, Basic MathJapan and Finland ranked at the top in most areas of the OECD study of 22 countries, while Italy and Spain consistently scored at the bottom.Tue, 08 Oct 2013 13:00:00 -0400
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2013/10/08/230462954/study-u-s-adults-below-average-in-literacy-basic-math?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematics
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2013/10/08/230462954/study-u-s-adults-below-average-in-literacy-basic-math?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=mathematicsJapan and Finland ranked at the top in most areas of the OECD study of 22 countries, while Italy and Spain consistently scored at the bottom.]]>Scott Neuman