If you have the necessary math know-how, it can really pay. John Tate, a scientist from the University of Texas at Austin was recently awarded the Abel Prize–thought of as math’s Nobel–for his work with Algebraic Number Theory. It’s one of the math principles that lies at the heart of internet security, a facet of…

Read MoreIt may not seem like a spectacular feat for a group of university mathematicians to solve an equation, but when that equation is 140 years old (not to mention, has implications for many other scientific fields), it begins to catch some attention. The Boltzmann Equation has been used since the late 1860s to help mathematicians…

Read MoreMany people find themselves on Facebook and other social networking sites to avoid studying. But for some, Facebook IS a study. Researchers from UNC Chapel Hill are using math to understand the nature of social patterns and how networks evolve. Because human social networks can be complicated, it has been difficult for researchers to understand…

Read MoreCheck out this interview of Shing-Tung Yau, the mathematician known for conceiving the math behind string theory. Learn about how this mathematician, who grew up in poverty in China, eventually graduated with advanced degrees. He then went on to conceive the math that supports string theory, the idea that holds that the universe is built of…

Read MoreOne student’s master’s thesis uses math to predict the placement of non-BCS players in the NFL. Take a look.

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