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My UW-Madison mathematics colleague Jordan Ellenberg has an interesting feature in Nautilus that describes a simple model capable of generating very complex ...

My UW-Madison mathematics colleague Jordan Ellenberg has an interesting feature in Nautilus that describes a simple model capable of generating very complex ...

Many futurists and not a few science fiction writers hold the idea that computer technology is developing toward a point where artificial intelligence will b...

The Kavli Foundation sponsored an interesting conversation among four scientists about whether mathematical concepts are natural or inventions of humans: “Wh...

An interesting article from Smithsonian magazine, about the mathematical study of cities: “Life in the city is essentially one giant math problem”.

Edward O. Wilson, in the Wall Street Journal writes: “Great Scientist ? Good at Math”.

Folklorist Alan Garner has a poignant, short remembrance of Alan Turing:

This study has been out for a few weeks, and I’ve been meaning to put up a short comment about it: “Representational format determines numerical competence i...

Archaeologists often define technology in terms of material products. People make stuff, and that stuff is technology.

You may have seen that story about “jazz” being the hardest Hangman word. Personally, I always figure that such a short word is hardly fair, but I’m not that...

I ran across an interview between Anna Plutinski and population geneticist Warren Ewens.

Last week’s Science included an article by Adrian Cho examining the way that social modelers use math to describe human behavior on a large scale (“Ourselves...

I’d like to point readers to James Crow’s article in the open access Journal of Biology. Titled, “Mayr, mathematics and the study of evolution,” it’s a brief...

The Telegraph has a short article on Mark Pagel’s research into reconstructing ancient languages:

You’re not coming here for economic analysis, but I found this Wired article on quants, risk, and the financial crisis useful:

Bina Venkataraman tells the interesting story of Jessica Fridrich, who as a Czech teenager in 1981 developed the fastest algorithm for solving the Rubik’s cu...

I’m reading through Peter Turchin’s 1998 book, Quantitative Analysis of Movement, for a project I’m working on. I found that his second chapter gives a very ...

Another sign I’m not expecting enough of my students: “Worms do calculus to find food”:

In last week’s Science, Stanislas Dehaene and colleagues describe the relation of cultural invention to “universal intuition” about mathematical logic: