Mathematics

Science 2.0: Quantum Theory Makes Big Data Manageable

One cornerstone of the Science 2.0 approach is the framework for making Big Data manageable. In fields from physics to biology, it's no longer a question of obtaining data, but managing it in ways that are relevant. It's been problematic in scie ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 23 2015 - 8:35am

Are We Living In A Hologram? Is The Universe A 2-D Projection On The Cosmic Horizon?

There is not the slightest doubt that the the universe is real. It is three-dimensional. But one popular alternative notion has been the "holographic principle", which asserts that a mathematical description of the universe only requires two dim ...

Article - News Staff - May 2 2015 - 3:11pm

Multifractals Point To Existence Of Unknown Physical Mechanism On The Sun

The famous sunspots on the surface of the Earth's star result from strong magnetic fields. Their numbers are an important indicator of the state of activity on the Sun. At the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków, P ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 30 2015 - 6:11pm

Non-Euclidean Geometries For Our Brain Grid Cells

It took human culture millennia to arrive at a mathematical formulation of non-Euclidean spaces- but that was not because of a limitation of our brains.  Instead, it's likely that even the brains of rodents get there very naturally every day. ...

Article - News Staff - May 11 2015 - 12:43pm

The Mathematical Pattern Of Ants Marching

When ants go exploring in search of food they end up choosing collective routes that fit statistical distributions of probability, according to a team of mathematicians who analyzed the trails of a species of Argentine ant.  It's unknown how flocks of ...

Article - News Staff - May 12 2015 - 2:43pm

Why B.B. King Was Great: He Played Out Of Tune

There are those who believed that B.B. King wasn’t the world’s greatest guitar player, including the man himself. In a recent interview he said: I call myself a blues singer, but you ain’t never heard me call myself a blues guitar man. Well, that’s because ...

Article - The Conversation - May 16 2015 - 12:09pm

The Math Of Social Structure: How Birds Avoid A Collision Course

Mathematical biologist Dr. Jamie Wood wanted to know how birds collectively negotiate man-made obstacles such as wind turbines which lie in their flight paths and that led to a research project with colleagues in the Departments of Biology and Mathematics ...

Article - News Staff - May 21 2015 - 9:45am

Edit Distance In Genomes- Longstanding Algorithm Worry Put To Rest

Comparing the genomes of different species — or different members of the same species — is the basis of a great deal of modern biology because DNA sequences conserved across species are likely to be functionally important, while variations between members ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 10 2015 - 5:00pm

Mathematics And Spaghetti Carbonara

I’ve come to believe that mathematics, as an investigative science, as a practical discipline and as a creative art, shares many characteristics with cookery. It’s not just spaghetti alla carbonara, it’s the whole business of inventing dishes and preparin ...

Article - The Conversation - Jun 23 2015 - 8:00am

Weyl Points: Wanted For 86 Years

Weyl points, the 3D analogues of the structures that make graphene exceptional, were theoretically predicted in 1929. Today, an international team of Physicists from MIT and Zhejiang University, found them in photonic crystals, opening a new dimension in ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 22 2015 - 7:11pm