Mathematics is beautiful (no, really)

Fractals in stone by Jami Masjid. Credit: Ankush.sabharwal/wikipedia, CC BY-SA For many people, memories of maths lessons at school are anything but pretty. Yet “beautiful” is a word that I and other mathematicians often use to describe our subject. How on earth can maths be beautiful – and does it matter? For me, as a…

Using statistics ethically to combat 'a scientific credibility crisis'

A recent survey suggests that many researchers have tried and failed to reproduce other scientists’ experiments as well as their own. Georgetown University’s Rochelle Tractenberg, Ph.D., is on a mission to help change that by promoting ethical statistical practices. She’ll lead a panel discussion on the topic Sunday at the AAAS meeting in Boston. Credit: Georgetown University Can statistics…

'Field patterns' as a new mathematical object

A disturbance branching out with time, and at long time is localized on a field pattern. One may think of currents flowing along these lines and branching. Credit: Ornella Mattei. University of Utah mathematicians propose a theoretical framework to understand how waves and other disturbances move through materials in conditions that vary in both space…

Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl: Pitt professor used in-game data from the past seven NFL seasons

Konstantinos Pelechrinis. Credit: University of Pittsburgh The Atlanta Falcons will defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. This prediction comes from a University of Pittsburgh researcher who backs his claim with seven years of National Football League (NFL) data and statistics. “Increasingly, we are seeing NFL coaches and executives embracing analytics to improve…