Mathematics

Zig Or Zag? A New Mathematical Model Tells How We Master Steep Slopes

A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it isn’t necessarily the fastest or easiest path to follow. That’s particularly true when terrain is not level, and now researchers have developed a mathematical model showing that a zigz ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 20 2008 - 1:53pm

The Fractal Approach To Theories Of (City) Evolution

A new way of looking at cities has emerged during the last 20 years that could revolutionise planning and ultimately benefit city dwellers. ‘The Size, Scale and Shape of Cities’ in Science advocates an integrated approach to the theory of how cities evolve ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 21 2008 - 8:59am

140 Year-Old Schwarz-Christoffel Math Problem Solved

A problem which has defeated mathematicians for almost 140 years has been solved by a researcher at Imperial College London. Professor Darren Crowdy, Chair in Applied Mathematics, has made the breakthrough in an area of mathematics known as conformal mappi ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 3 2008 - 7:56pm

Can More Physicists And Fewer Politicans Resolve The Global Warming Debate?

Science has developed sophisticated models of the atmosphere and instruments can help make detailed weather forecasts but to truly understand global climate change, scientists need more than just a one-day forecast or a seven-day guess. They need a deeper ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 12 2008 - 12:05am

Mythical Third Degree Transcendental L-Function Spotted At AIM Meeting

A new mathematical object was revealed yesterday during a lecture at the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM). Two researchers from the University of Bristol exhibited the first example of a third degree transcendental L-function. These L-functions enco ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 14 2008 - 12:28am

Natural Selection Applies In Business Also, Say Researchers

There are a number of interconnected factors that lead to the success or failure of any business so it is usually considered an impossible task to predict whether a company will sink or swim numerically but researchers in Taiwan using the principles of evo ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 14 2008 - 9:36am

Infinite Solution To 'Euler’s Equation Of Degree Four' Discovered

Recently, mathematician Daniel J. Madden and retired physicist Lee W. Jacobi found solutions to a puzzle that has been around for centuries- an infinite number of solutions for a puzzle known as 'Euler’s Equation of degree four.' The equation is ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 14 2008 - 2:30pm

Statistics Are Insufficient For Study Of Proteins' Signal System

Nearly ten years ago an article published in Science [Lockless SW, Ranganathan R (1999) Science 286:295–299] got a lot of attention. It described a method of demonstrating signal transfer in proteins by comparing their amino acid sequence. The authors reco ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 26 2008 - 11:42am

You Are What You Eat? Not According To Dynamical Systems Theory

If identical twins eat and exercise equally, will they have the same body weight? Not really, say NIH investigators Carson Chow and Kevin Hall. They analyzed the fundamental equations of body weight change and found that identical twins with identical life ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 27 2008 - 7:36pm

Math Professor Makes Division Baseball Predictions- Erroneously Picks Pirates To Finish Last

New Jersey Institute of Technolgy math professor Bruce Bukiet is once again opining on outcomes for this season’s Major League Baseball teams. His picks are based on a mathematical model he developed in 2000. Bukiet’s main areas of research have involved m ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 30 2010 - 8:44pm