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...

# When Will I Use Math?

## WeUseMath.org

# Staff's blog

## Food Poisoning? Not If Math Can Help It…

Smoked salmon is a gourmet favorite, but unfortunately it’s also a big hit with microbial bacteria.

## Math Performing Heart Surgery

People are as different on the inside as they are on the outside, so deciding which surgery to perform is sometimes a life-or-death guessing game.

However, a professor at Stanford University has created a computer program that models each patient's unique cardiovascular system, taking the guesswork out of major heart surgery. Click here to read the full article.

## The Creative Side of Math

An artist and his math prodigy son have teamed up in an unusual use of math: origami. They've used complex math formulas to create sculptures that are on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Click here to read more about their math expertise and creative process.

## A look at the FULL moon

Looking at the moon from Earth's surface can be quite a site, but it's a redundant one! It always points the same face toward us.

But now, using mathematics, scientists have developed a method for calculating a good description of the back side of the moon. Through their work, we know more about its giant craters as well as a magma ocean that once existed on the moon's far side.

## Useful AND Beautiful

One of the main reasons for operating a site like "When Will I Use Math" is to highlight the practical applications of math in everyday life.

But often we don't step back and give enough attention to the aesthetic beauty that can also be found in math functions. Mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot passed away last week at 85. During his lifetime, he worked to bring fractal mathematics out of obscurity.

## Time for a Math Quiz

Need to brush up on your math skills?

The Learning Network from *The New York Times* offers online quizzes to test your math skills. Test yourself here and find out how smart you really are.

## Room for All

Many have observed mathematics as a male-dominated science. But studies are showing that more women than ever are entering the field as well.

It's not just a major for future educators. If you have math skills, it's worth your time to consider studying mathematics. (Have you *seen* the careers section of this site?)

## Math in the Fast Lane

Believe it or not, science and math play a bigger role than you might think in stock car racing.

The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., recently hosted Mathematics and Science Day, bringing in more than 600 local middle school students to learn about the science behind the race.

Check out this article from the *Contra Costa Times*.

## Can Chocolate Help Your Math Brain?

Researchers at Northumbria University in England may have linked chocolate to increased mathematic capacity.

A key ingredient in chocolate, called flavanols, were found to increase blood flow to the brain, making it easier for a test group to compute mathematical problems.

Read this article from the Telegraph.

## The math of nature

Math can teach us a lot about our world. Just as Isaac Newton used calculus to describe the motion of planets, the shapes of the natural world around us can be described by mathematics.

A university professor from Harvard explains how he uses mathematical models to better understand "the geometry of the universe's hidden dimensions."

Have a cool math story or an instance of math in current events? Submit a blog entry about it to the site!

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.

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