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Ode to Tau

Math has long been at the foundation of music.  

In fact, in ancient Greece, "music" referred to the study of numerical ratios, and around the time of Plato, "harmony" originally emerged as a branch of physics.  

MoMath

 Right now, there is not a single math museum in the United States.

But that's about to change.  In 2012, former math professor Glen Whitney will open his multi-million-dollar project, The Museum of Math.  Mr. Whitney acknowledges that he's fighting deeply-held beliefs; he knows that people think math is boring, pointless, and unnecessary in the real world.  And he's determined to prove them wrong.

Computer Vision

What makes a nose a nose?

In the field of computer vision, scientists frequently find themselves asking such questions.  Creating an algorithm to help computers identify shapes has turned out to be a task ridden with problems.  

DNA Calculators

 Turns out that DNA, the molecule of life, can double as a calculator.  

The Nature of Numbers

Turns out that the famous puzzle of partition numbers may be a case of mathematicians not seeing the forest for the trees.

The Periodic Table of... Shapes?

One of the most important tools in chemistry is the periodic table of the elements. 

Math in the Movies

 Every film Pixar has produced has landed in the top fifty highest-grossing animated films of all time.  What's the secret behind this studio's enormous success?  

Fibonacci Everywhere

Fibonacci patterns are everywhere--sand dunes, fingerprints, leopards' spots.

New York City in Numbers

"New York City seems pretty extraordinary: Its residents make more money, produce more stuff and commit more violent crimes than those of any other U.S. city. And New Yorkers are nearly the most creative, as judged by the total number of patents they produce.

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Dr. Cary Oberije, a postdoctoral researcher in The Netherlands, has found that mathematical models can be used to accurately predict patients' responses to treatment. Prediction models were used to analyze lung cancer patients' likelihood of survival and...

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