# mathematics

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## Mathematician Snags Richest Prize for His 'Alien' Equations

### Martin Hairer among those to get $3M a 'Breakthrough' award

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A researcher once said that a theory related to a branch of math dealing with random processes was so impressive, it must have come from aliens . It was actually the work of Martin Hairer, who has now been awarded the richest prize in academia, reports the

*Guardian*. Hairer was named...

*Tribune *Wrote About *Jeopardy! *Whiz ... When He Was 4

### Paper digs up article on James Holzhauer

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Long before he was racking up win after win —and oodles of cash—on

*Jeopardy!*, James Holzhauer was impressing an entirely different demographic: his preschool teachers. The*Chicago Tribune*has unearthed an article that appeared in its pages in January 1989, when Holzhauer was just 4 years old and...

## A Cubed Number Puzzle Is Solved. Only One Is Left

### UK's Andrew Booker figures out which three cubed numbers add up to 33

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For more than half a century, modern mathematicians have been trying to crack two stubborn numbers problems—and a UK professor just solved one of them. As Live Science explains, the problem itself seems fairly straight-forward: Which three cubed numbers add up to 33? The University of Bristol's Andrew...

## First Woman Ever Wins Math's Version of the 'Nobel Prize'

### Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin is honored

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For the first time ever, a woman has won the Abel Prize, which the

*Guardian*calls one of the most prestigious international mathematics awards. In fact, there is no Nobel Prize for math , and the Abel Prize is seen by some as the equivalent of the Nobel. Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck...

## The World Has a New Pi Champ

### Google's Emma Iwao calculates it to 31 trillion digits

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It's Pi Day, the 3/14 celebration of perhaps the most famous number in history. Google is celebrating with a record-breaking feat: One of its employees calculated pi to 31 trillion digits, 9 trillion more than the previous record, with help from cloud computing, reports the BBC . Emma Hauka Iwao...

## Solution to Math Problem Begins in Unexpected Place

### Anonymous 4chan user was answering question about binge-watching anime show

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It might be the strangest journey to the solution of a math conundrum ever. It turns out that an anonymous post on the online forum 4chan about how to watch a Japanese anime series may have helped crack a 25-year-old math problem, reports the Verge . Not surprisingly, this one takes...

## His $1M Math Solution Isn't Going Over Well

### Michael Atiyah must convince colleagues that he cracked a 159-year-old problem

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Michael Atiyah is an acclaimed mathematician who has won some of the top prizes in his field, and he now claims to have cracked a 159-year-old problem called the Riemann hypothesis. If he's right, Atiyah wins even more acclaim—plus a $1 million prize. But before the bubbly is...

## He Won Math's Most Coveted Prize. 30 Minutes Later, It Was Gone

### Rio thief made off with professor's Fields medal

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Algebraic geometry, particularly problems involving singularities and linear systems, is Caucher Birkar's specialty. Hanging on to medals apparently isn't. The renowned Cambridge professor had his Fields medal—known as the Nobel Prize of mathematics—stolen within 30 minutes of receiving it at the International Congress of Mathematics in...

## Babies May Not Get the Concept of 'Zero,' but Bees Do

### Researchers amazed that honeybees can grasp the abstract construct of 'nothing'

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Dolphins, monkeys, birds, and homo sapiens have a shared understanding of a quite difficult concept, and now honeybees are joining the party. Per a release , that concept is "zero," an abstract mathematical construct that scientists say stumps humans until at least preschool , but which they now note is...

## 5th-Grade Exam Question Leaves Internet Stumped

### Education department says problem was meant to assess critical thinking

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"If a ship had 26 sheep and 10 goats on board, how old is the ship's captain?" Stumped? So are fifth-grade students in China's Shunqing district of Nanchong, where the aforementioned question appeared on a math exam for the 11-year-olds. Some gave their best guesses, with one...

## After 14 Years, FedEx Employee Makes Major Math Discovery

### There's a new longest known prime number

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A new prime number—the biggest ever—has been discovered. Unfortunately, we don't have the 54 days CNET reports it would take to write it all out. The newly found number, nicknamed M77232917, is 2 to the 77,232,917th power minus 1, according to FiveThirtyEight . It's 23,...

## Earliest Known Use of Zero Found by Farmer in Pakistan

### The Bakhshali manuscript dates to the 3rd or 4th century

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When it comes to mathematics, zero is not nothing. And thanks to new research and some carbon dating, we now know "zero" as we know it was invented a whole lot earlier than we thought. "Today we take it for granted that the concept of zero is used...

## Tablet Shows Maybe Greeks Didn't Invent Trig After All

### Researchers say Babylonians beat Greeks to trigonometry by 1,000 years

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Greek astronomer Hipparchus is known as the father of trigonometry. But the

*Guardian*reports Babylonian mathematicians may have gotten there 1,000 years earlier. Ever since the real-life inspiration for Indiana Jones discovered a 3,700-year-old clay tablet called P322 in what is now Iraq, historians and mathematicians have debated...

## Girl Scouts Have 23 New Badges, With Science Focus

### Biggest new batch in a decade for the group

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From tiny Daisies to teen Ambassadors, Girl Scouts may now earn 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. It's the largest addition of new badges in a decade for Girl Scouts of the USA, per the AP . The effort takes a progressive approach to STEM and...

## 1st Woman to Win Math's Nobel Prize Dies at 40

### Maryam Mirzakhani was 'ambitious, resolute, and fearless'

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The first woman to win the Fields Medal—essentially math's version of the Nobel Prize—has died at the age of 40 after a battle with breast cancer, NPR reports. According to AFP , Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian-born Stanford professor, won the award in 2014 for her work in geometry...

## Why These Immigrants Gravitate to Math, Science

### The age one came to the US plays a role

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It's formally called the Regeneron Student Talent Search, but it's more casually known as the "Junior Nobel"—and the high schooler who wins the elite science prize walks with $250,000. A study on last year's finalists turned up something interesting, reports

*Teen Vogue*: 83%...

## Cop Saves 10-Year-Old Girl ... From Homework Emergency

### Lena Draper went to the police with a tough math question last week

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When you're 10 years old, a tough math question can definitely feel like a life-or-death emergency. So when Ohio fifth-grader Lena Draper couldn't figure out the answer to (8 + 29) x 15, she turned to the Marion Police Department. "I'm having trouble with my homework,...

## How Many Nudes Is Too Many Nudes for Jr High Math Lesson?

### An Ohio teacher now knows the answer

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We know it can be hard to get kids invested in algebra, but this probably isn't the answer. WOIO reports Ohio parents are upset with a teacher at Middleburg Heights Junior High School for spicing up a freshman algebra lesson a little too much. Here's one of the...

## Math Moves Scientists Closer to Perfect Coffee

### Coffee-maker companies will likely be paying attention

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One plus one equals … brew? Scientists out of Ireland's University of Limerick tapped into math and a computer model in their quest to come up with a cup of coffee that would satisfy even

*Twin Peaks'*Special Agent Dale Cooper , the CBC reports. And while it was impossible...

## 4 Years Later, Math Pros Begin to Grasp Guy's Theory

### But it could be years before ABC conjecture is officially solved

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Four years after a Japanese mathematician announced he'd cracked an epic math problem , his fellow number crunchers are a step closer to deciding whether he got it right. Yes, his work is that complicated. In 2012, Shinichi Mochizuki of Kyoto University, who's known to work in isolation, published...