Mathematics

'Unbreakable' Quantum Cryptography Broken

The risk of illegal information access, notably in money transactions, requires more and more advanced cryptographic techniques against criminals and the occasional mischevious teenager. Quantum cryptography has been regarded as 100-percent protection agai ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 16 2008 - 5:30am

The Mathematical Probability Of Life On Other Earth-Like Planets

Infinity was invented to account for the possibility that in a never-ending universe, anything can happen. Life on other Earth-like planets, for example, is possible in an infinite universe, but not probable, according to a scientist from the University of ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 16 2008 - 10:14am

Geometrical Music Theory- The Fabric Of Sound Gets Translated Into Geometry

The connection between music and mathematics has been widely known for centuries. Musica Universalis, "music of the spheres", emerged in the Middle Ages as the idea that the proportions in the movements of the celestial bodies-- the sun, moon and ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 17 2008 - 2:34pm

Are Boys Better At Math? Yes, If They Represent Numbers Spatially

In a paper recently published in Cortex, Jan Lonnemann (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) and colleagues report that many children at the age of 8-9 years seem to represent numbers spatially. Interestingly, boys using this kind of representation tended to h ...

Article - News Staff - May 10 2008 - 6:17pm

Know A Math Superhero? Here's Your Chance To Get Them Some Money

The nomination process for Raytheon's 2008 Math Hero Awards has now opened. These annual awards reward and celebrate teachers and tutors for promoting math achievement to students in a fun and challenging learning environment. The MathMovesU program g ...

Article - News Staff - May 25 2008 - 10:32am

The Mathematics Of Singularities- What The Big Bang And Tap Water Have In Common

The folding of paper or drops of water falling from a tap are two events which involve the creation of singularities requiring sophisticated mathematical techniques to describe, analyze and predict. Singularities occur at a point of cut off, or sudden chan ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 3 2008 - 10:00am

Fundamental Theorem Of Algebra Meets Gravitational Lensing

Mathematicians and astrophysicists recently discovered that work on the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra and gravitational lensing had a common answer. The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra (FTA), proofs of which go back to the 18th century, is a bedrock mathem ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 6 2008 - 12:29am

Geek Logik: The Science Of Decisions And Foolproof Equations For A Perfect Life

Be warned: this article deals primarily with shark attacks, the lottery, beer, and how to get a date using math. Is it a good decision to keep reading? Unfortunately, the answer is "you need to keep reading to find out." Sound irrational? Good—y ...

Article - Garth Sundem - Jun 16 2008 - 3:11am

Creating A Stock Market Metric For The Value Of Innovation

The knock on publicly traded companies is that they only think short term, quarter to quarter, which reduces or delays investments in risky, long term innovation projects in order to boost the firm’s stock price. Entrepreneurs always talk about innovation ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 20 2008 - 8:59am

Math And Young Minds (3rd & 4th Grades)

It might be hard for the young student to see the fun in math. Up till now it has been memorize, memorize, memorize for them. This can give them a break and tease their minds. Numbers that look simple, just two digits "1" and "8." It d ...

Article - Jim Myres - Jun 29 2008 - 4:19am