Math

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    Math

    Real numbers don’t cut it in the real world, this physicist argues

    Physicist Nicolas Gisin argues that real numbers don’t properly represent the natural world, which is a good thing for free will.

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    Math

    ‘Weird Math’ aims to connect numbers and equations to the real world

    The book Weird Math attempts to make chaos theory, higher dimensions and other concepts more relatable.

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    Math

    Forget Pi Day. We should be celebrating Tau Day

    Pi Day may be fun, but it’s based on a flawed mathematical constant.

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  4. prime numbers
    Math

    The largest known prime number has 23 million-plus digits

    A newly found prime number smashes the previous record for largest prime.

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  5. Physics

    New physics books don’t censor the math behind reality

    Special Relativity and Classical Theory and The Physical World offer deep dives into physical reality’s mathematical foundations.

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    Science & Society

    Debates on whether science is broken don’t fit in tweets

    Amid debates over whether science is broken, many experts are proposing repairs.

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  7. NASA image from "Hidden Figures"
    Math

    Hidden Figures highlights three black women who were vital to the U.S. space program

    "Hidden Figures" tells the untold story of the "human computers" who were essential to the launch of the U.S. space program.

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    Animals

    Animals give clues to the origins of human number crunching

    Guppies, dogs, chickens, crows, spiders — lots of animals have number sense without knowing numbers.

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  9. kilogram standards
    Physics

    Units of measure are getting a fundamental upgrade

    New units based on fundamental properties of the universe will make measurements more precise.

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  10. Shayan Oveis Gharan
    Computing

    Shayan Oveis Gharan finds the shortest route to success

    Theoretical computer scientist Shayan Oveis Gharan has identified connections between unrelated fields to tackle the traveling salesman problem.

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    Math

    Website tests predictive powers of the hive mind

    Metaculus.com asks people to make predictions about the likelihood of future events.

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  12. lawyer presenting evidence to a jury
    Math

    Courts’ use of statistics should be put on trial

    Bayesian statistics offer a useful tool for avoiding fallacies in legal reasoning.

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