Dr. Larry Norton of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York has noticed patterns in the way cancer spreads. He is advocating a higher degree of mathematical study for researchers who are delving into the disease. He argues that by taking a quantative approach, oncologists can create and analyze equations that may model the growth…

Read MoreAnyone who has spent time trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube knows it can be frustrating. (How quickly you can turn order into chaos, never to return to order….) But with a little help from the makers of the cube, you might learn to do it. And quickly impress your friends. A new web site…

Read MoreFor centuries, we humans have been building big bridges. And just when we thought we had the science and math figured out to span waterways most efficiently, we may be in for some new discoveries. Matthew Gilbert, a structural engineer in the United Kingdom, with his team of researchers, has developed a numerical optimization program…

Read MoreA math professor at Dartmouth College has found an interesting way to bring two of his interests–math and art–together. Using mathematical problem solving techniques, Daniel Rockmore is helping to detect art forgeries. Read the story from NPR.

Read MoreAn 1801 letter written to then-president Thomas Jefferson has drawn recent attention. The letter, written by University of Pennsylvania professor Robert Patterson, "was devoid of capital letters or spaces and scrambled in a way that left no readable segments," according to a Physorg article. A mathematician helped break the 200-year-old code in 2007, helping us…

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