Mathematics professor Andrew Wiles has won a prize for solving Fermat's Last Theorem. He's seen here with the problem written on a chalkboard in his Princeton, N.J., office, back in 1998. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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On Pi Day, Let's Gawk At The Beauty And Controversy Of The Math Constant

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Track Jupiter's Path Like An Ancient Babylonian

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The parts of the brain known to help process fear and negative emotion are hyperactive when someone with math anxiety confronts a tricky problem, scientists say. iStockphoto hide caption

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There are now 15 known convex pentagons, or nonregular pentagons with the angles pointing outward, that can "tile the plane." EdPeggJr/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Head coach Po-Shen Loh (far left) and assistant coaches John Berman and Alex Zhai (far right) flank the members of the winning squad: Shyam Narayanan, David Stoner, Michael Kural, Ryan Alweiss, Yang Liu and Allen Liu. Courtesy of Po-Shen Loh hide caption

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They're No. 1: U.S. Wins Math Olympiad For First Time In 21 Years

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Princeton University professor John Nash speaks during a news conference at the university in Oct. 1994 after being named the winner of the Nobel Prize for economics. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Education experts faced off on the motion "Embrace the Common Core" at an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, moderated by John Donvan (center). Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S. hide caption

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Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

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A Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?

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