# math

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*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 More »

*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...
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## 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...
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## 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...
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## 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...
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## 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,...
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## 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...
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## 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...
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## 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...
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## 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,...
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## 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 More »

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

## Professor Doing Math on Plane Reported as Possible Terrorist

### The flight was delayed for an investigation

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An Ivy League professor says his flight was delayed because a fellow passenger thought the equations he was writing might be a sign he was a terrorist, the AP reports. American Airlines confirms that a woman expressed suspicions about University of Pennsylvania economics professor Guido Menzio then said she was...
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## Author: Ditch Mandatory Algebra in Schools

### Instead, teach kids basic math skills they'll use in the real world: Andrew Hacker

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Something's not adding up, according to what the AP calls a "provocative new book" that pleads the case of getting rid of mandatory algebra in US schools. "One out of 5 young Americans does not graduate from high school … one of the worst records in the...
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## Prof Solves 300-Year-Old Math Mystery, Wins $700K

### Oxford professor had been trying to crack Fermat's Last Theorem since he was a boy

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An Oxford professor is now $700,000 richer for solving a 300-year-old math mystery, the More »

*Telegraph*reports. In 1994, Andrew Wiles, 62, cracked Fermat's Last Theorem, which was put forth by 17th-century mathematician Pierre de Fermat. Wiles will be traveling to Oslo, Norway, in May to collect the 2016...

## Here Are 3.14-Plus Fun Ways to Celebrate Pi Day

### Including checking out old-time pie pics, learning how to cut the perfect slice

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Time is a flat circle in which we do the same things over and over again—or, in the case of Pi Day, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, celebrated over and over again each year on March 14. Here's 2016's homage...
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## Geographic Profiling Backs Theory on Identity of Banksy

### Robin Gunningham appears to be artist's real name

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His name is Robin Gunningham. That's the finding of British scientists who think they've confirmed the identity of Banksy using geographic profiling, the BBC reports. In the study published in the More »

*Journal of Spatial Science*(one that was temporarily delayed by the artist's lawyers because he apparently...

## Behold the Biggest Prime Number Ever—All 22M Digits

### It was discovered on a computer that went in for routine maintenance

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The longest prime number ever found has been discovered by a computer in Missouri, and it's a doozy: 2More »

^{74,207,281}–1 has 22,338,618 digits, the*Guardian*reports. The number also known as M74207281 was found by a computer tied to the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search...

## Crowdsourcing Helps Prof Solve Old Math Problem

### Terence Tao publishes a proof of the 83-year-old Erdos discrepancy problem

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UCLA professor Terence Tao , one of the world's top mathematicians, has just solved a famous problem dating back to the 1930s—and he says it was a comment on his blog earlier this year that sent him in the right direction. He also built off earlier crowdsourced work to...
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## Dad's 'Common Core' Check to School Goes Viral

### But some say he's doing more harm than good

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Last week, a frustrated Ohio dad posted a picture on Facebook —and now it's been shared more than 27,000 times and he's semi-famous. Doug Herrmann posted a picture of a check he wrote to his kids' elementary school which, he said, used Common Core math. Instead...
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## STEM Shocker: Intel Drops Science Contest

### Company has been supporter of prestigious high school competition since 1998

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"Wanted: Respected corporation with deep pockets and deep roots in the STEM arena to take over prestigious science and math competition." That's basically the ad the Society for Science and the Public now has to place to replace Intel, which has announced it will no longer sponsor...
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