Mathematics

New Didactic Challenge: Turn The Roulette Table On The Casino

SOCK-PUPPET: All your talk about betting strategies is irrelevant to the casino. The casino takes the money from those who just lost and gives it to those who won, from black to red or red to black. On average, every 37 times the ball hits the zero and th ...

Article - Sascha Vongehr - Jan 20 2018 - 9:02am

The Wisdom Of Crowds- Now With Even More Wisdom

In 1907,Francis Galton recorded the entries from a competition where people guessed the weight of an ox. After analyzing hundreds of estimates the statistician found that while individual guesses varied wildly, the median of the entries was surprisingly a ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 19 2018 - 4:10pm

Riemann Hypothesis: Has One Of Math's Great Mysteries Finally Been Solved?

Over the past few days, the mathematics world has been abuzz over the news that Sir Michael Atiyah, the famous Fields Medalist and Abel Prize winner, claims to have solved the Riemann hypothesis. ...

Article - The Conversation - Oct 8 2018 - 1:07pm

Internet Of Things Security: Unclonable Digital Fingerprints

At the International Solid-State Circuits Conference last week, Rice University integrated circuit (IC) designers unveiled technology they say is 10 times more reliable than current methods of producing unclonable digital fingerprints for Internet of Thing ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 27 2019 - 2:42pm

Probability Abuse: Why P-Values And Statistical Significance Are So Often Misunderstood

Have you read this week a claim by the Harvard School of Public Health that Food Z is linked to cancer or from our U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) claims Chemical X is linked to Harm Y? It's technically true, though in ...

Article - News Staff - May 21 2019 - 11:55am

Applied Mathematics: Will Jay Gruden Get Fired First? Handicapping NFL Teams Before The Season Even Starts

In 2012 we had an uneventful election which was so easy to predict absolutely no one neutral got it wrong. But it was heralded as a victory for scientific polling and a new era for predictive analysis. ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Aug 7 2019 - 2:00pm

Epidemiologists Correlate Ozone To Smoking A Pack Of Cigarettes Per Day For 29 Years

An exploratory correlation claims that ozone levels can lead to lungs similar to the damage of someone who smokes a pack of cigarettes per day for three decades. ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 13 2019 - 4:24pm

Science Of Cities: Why Do Crimes Like Rape Stay Linear With Population While Burglary Is Supercharged By City Size?

If you live in a city, your chances of being involved victim of a criminal act go up, and as cities grow in size, crime grows even faster. But not all crimes go up at the same rate.  Rape grows only linearly, at roughly the same pace as a city's popul ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 19 2019 - 8:17am

Are Vampires Real? Physics Professor Drives Scientific Stake Into The Heart Of Supernatural Myths

As the weather cools and Halloween approaches, creaks in the stairs and scary stories become more believable-- but not to physics professor Costas Efthimiou. The laws of physics and math debunk popular myths about ghosts and vampires, according to a paper ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 8 2019 - 10:01pm