# Staff's blog

## IT'S TRUE, MATH CAN BE PRETTY

Yes.  Art and math DO have something in common.

## Using Mathematics to Fight Cancer

In recent years there have been numerous attempts to use Mathematics to find a cure for cancer.

Many of these theories use differential equations to model the growth and spread of cancers and their response to various treatments and the immune system. Read more about the ways that scientists are using math to try and cure cancer by clicking here.

## All Around Us

Pop quiz!  What do a New York water tank and a fire hydrant bolt have in common?

The answer:  both contain surprising applications of math.  Check out the New York Times article to find out more about the math that's all around us.

## 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.

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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...