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The Digital Divide

Knowledge is power.  This is as true today as it was centuries ago, although of recent, this old adage has taken on new meaning. 

Math on Display

One day, architect Paul Stacy sat down with a pile of diamond-shaped tiles, determined to create a visual masterpiece. Called Penrose tiles, these shapes come in two sizes and two colors, but there’s more to these tiles than meets the eye.

Drugs You’ll Like

Do you ever feel like computers are reading your mind?

Teaching a Computer to "See"

"When Dan Rockmore viewed an exhibit of drawings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder in 2001, he had no idea that his mathematical career was about to change.

Sharks Use Math To Hunt

"The great white shark in Jaws knew exactly where it was going — to the closest pair of plump legs around. But where might it head if it didn’t have a tasty human snack in its sights?"

Like an Egyptian

How does one dance like an Egyptian? For the answer, consult the 1986 hit by The Bangles.

How does one think like an Egyptian? For that answer, ask a computer scientist.

Red Light, Green Light

Have you ever been stopped at a red light even though there isn’t a single car on the intersecting street to take advantage of the green light? If so, you’ve had firsthand experience with the glitches of top-down traffic systems.

The Top 10 Jobs in America

3-year-olds, 13-year-olds, and 30-year-olds seem to be worlds apart, but they often ask themselves the same question: "What will I be when I grow up?"

Of course, choosing a career means something quite different to children and adults. (For a 3-year-old, choosing a job is like daydreaming, while for a 30-year-old, choosing a new career probably means midlife crisis.) However, even toddlers understand that some jobs are just more satisfying than others.

Med School, Anyone?

Is medical school in your future? If so, there's a good chance that math is, too.

The Association of American Medical Colleges just released the latest edition of the Medical School Admissions Requirements, detailing the courses required at each medical school in the country. See what math classes are required by the schools on your list.

Math with a Mind of Its Own

What makes humans human?  "Homo sapiens" literally means "knowing man" because human intelligence, or sapience, is the main factor that sets us apart from other creatures.  For thousands of years, we've assumed that we are the only species capable of abstract reasoning, language, and problem solving. 

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The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.


 

Attorney
$187,199/yr
$126,000/yr
Cryptanalyst
$137,780/yr
Actuary
$160,000/yr
Physician
$187,199/yr
$104,183/yr
Astronaut
$100,701/yr
$150,000/yr
$139,670/yr
Economist
$155,490/yr

Figures represent salary potential.

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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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