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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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## Professor Who Solved Fermat's Last Theorem Wins Math's Abel Prize

The 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.

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## On 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.

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

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A view from Earth of a slender crescent moon in close proximity to the two brightest planets in the sky, Venus and Jupiter. Justin Lane/epa/Corbis hide caption

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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?

The 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.

## Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

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