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Happy Pi Day!

Yes, I am late again... but no number can claim more fame than pi. But why, exactly? Defined as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, pi, or in symbol form, π,seems a simple enough concept. But... Continue Reading →

Borromean rings

These three loops cannot be taken apart, but if you remove any one of them the other two will be disconnected. When any two loops are pulled apart, it’s clear that the other loop is the only thing keeping them... Continue Reading →

A new method for boosting the learning of mathematics

How can mathematics learning in primary school be facilitated? A recent study conducted by the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, had shown that our everyday knowledge strongly influences our ability to solve problems, sometimes leading us into making errors. This... Continue Reading →

Sum of three cubes for 42 finally solved – using real life planetary computer

Hot on the heels of the ground-breaking 'Sum-Of-Three-Cubes' solution for the number 33, a team led by the University of Bristol and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has solved the final piece of the famous 65-year-old maths puzzle with an... Continue Reading →

Mathematicians of TU Dresden develop new statistical indicator

Most of us know this phenomenon only too well: as soon as it is hot outside, you get an appetite for a cooling ice cream. But would you have thought that mathematics could be involved? Let us explain: The rising... Continue Reading →

Borromean Rings

The Borromean rings, also called the Borromean links are three mutually interlocked rings, named after the Italian Renaissance family who used them on their coat of arms. The configuration of rings is also known as a "Ballantine," and a brand... Continue Reading →

Abel-prize winner Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck built bridges between analysis, geometry and physics

U.S. mathematician Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck has won the 2019 Abel Prize—one of the field’s most prestigious awardscfor her wide-ranging work in analysis, geometry and mathematical physics. Uhlenbeck is the first woman to win the 6-million-kroner (U.S.$702,500) prize, which is given... Continue Reading →

March 14,2018 (03/14/2018)

Einstein was born, Hawking passes away and it’s Pi day… What is Pi? Understanding pi is as easy as counting to one, two, 3.1415926535… OK, we'll be here for a while if we keep that up. Here's what's important: Pi... Continue Reading →

Ptolemy’s Theorem – proof

For a cyclic quadrilateral, the sum of the products of the two pairs of opposite sides equals the product of the diagonals. We have three colored segment in this animation. Surprisingly the length of the longest one is always the sum... Continue Reading →

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