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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.

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.


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Urban Planner

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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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