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Mathematics for aliens
It has often been observed that mathematics is astonishingly effective as a tool for understanding the universe. But, asks
, why should this be? Is mathematics a universal truth, and how would we tell?
101 uses of a quadratic equation: Part II
In issue 29 of
, we heard how a simple mathematical equation became the subject of a debate in the UK parliament.
continue the story of the mighty quadratic equation.
Running a lottery, for beginners
There are many different types of lottery around the world, but they all share a common aim: to make money.
explains why lotteries are the way they are.
Kissing the curve
From a smile to a line drawing by Picasso, curves bring great beauty to our world. But how curvy is a curve?
What is information?
Books, brains, computers — information comes in many guises. But what exactly is information?
Play to win with Nim
In the game of Nim one player always has a winning strategy — it depends on an unusual way of adding numbers.
Fields, fun and food: The ICM 2014
The ICM 2014 in Seoul is off to a great start!
Information about information
What is information and how does it shape our reality?
The philosophy of cosmology
Can philosophy help explain our Universe?
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