More Stories in Math

  1. Math

    Geometry can shape our world in unexpected but useful ways

    This math, and the geometers who use it, can solve problems from how to stack oranges to designing better vaccines.

  2. Physics

    How much fruit can you pull from a display before it topples?

    About 10 percent of the fruit in a tilted market display can be removed before it will crash down, computer models show.

  3. Math

    This civil engineer turns to math to make energy more affordable 

    Destenie Nock uses computer algorithms to help identify households struggling to afford utilities.

  4. Math

    Let’s learn about mathematical mysteries

    There are still many mysteries about numbers, shapes and other aspects of math that have yet to be solved.

  5. Math

    Scientists Say: Prime number

    Prime numbers’ unique quality — being divisible only by themselves and one — makes them useful for encrypting secret information.

  6. Math

    A twisty mystery about Möbius strips has been solved at last

    Turning to paper and scissors helped one mathematician finally figure out just how short the twisted loops can be.

  7. Math

    Scientists Say: Imaginary Number

    These numbers may not be “real,” but they sure aren’t make-believe.

  8. Math

    Bees and wasps devised the same clever math trick to build nests

    During nest building, these insects add five- and seven-sided cells in pairs. This helps their colony fit together hexagonal cells of different sizes.

  9. Physics

    Explainer: What is chaos theory?

    Chaos can help scientists explore subjects from climate change to human brains. Learn about the theory behind this field of science.