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…