# Math

## What's the Difference Between National Pie Day and Pi Day? An Explainer

Believe it or not, there are two separate days every year that honor the dessert, and there's another that celebrates a really important number.

## Man Refuses to Believe Washington State Is Blue: 'The Only Majority

Despite acknowledging that more people in Washington voted for Democrats than Republicans, TikToker Dutch Hollander seemed to argue that land mass demonstrated a majority for Republicans.

## Who is Benoit Mandelbrot? Google Doodle Honors Father of Fractal Geometry

"Benoit was a rare person who looked more broadly and by this, saw more deeply," said his son, Dr. Didier Mandelbrot.

## STEM Toys Inspire Their Way Into Pop Culture

STEM toys have real value. Meet the toymakers and brands who are lending a helping hand to science, technology, engineering and math education.

## Steve Kornacki's MSNBC Math Wizardry Live On Air Goes Viral

Twitter and TikTok have a new celeb to stan—MSNBC's Steve Kornacki.

## Pi Day Activities and History, Plus 13 Facts About Pi

Any big ratio fans out there? Events and activities are happening around the world to celebrate Pi Day.

## How Math Can Help Prevent Outbreaks of Measles and Other Diseases

The measles vaccine is incredibly effective, yet recurrences and outbreaks abound.

## Mathematician Kit Yates on Anti Vaxxer Movement and Air Travel Germs

A mathematician discusses why math is relevant to everyday life, what he thinks of the anti-vaxxer movement and whether he worries about the transmission of communicable diseases during air travel.

## Girls and Boys Are Equally Good at Math: Study

"Humans are more similar to each other than we are different," said an author of the study.

## Riemann Hypothesis: Solving the Greatest Math Mystery

It could be months, if not years, before we find out if Michael Atiyah's claims are true.

## "Nobel of Math" Stolen Minutes After Being Presented

Shortly after Cambridge University professor Caucher Birkar put the briefcase down on a table, it went missing.

## Feminism Protects Women From Some Stereotypes

Feminists were much more likely to sacrifice the person if it was a man, compared with nonfeminists, the study said.

## Pi Day 2018: 14 Math Jokes to Make You Laugh

These Pi Day jokes are proof that math equals a lot more fun than it sounds.

## Aliens Would Be Dead Before Their Messages Reach Us

Radio waves are fast, but not fast enough to reach us before a civilization goes extinct.

## Difficult Second Grade Math Problem Goes Viral

The child's mom turned to social media for help—and the solution had a surprising twist.

## FedEx Employee Discovers Largest Prime Number Ever

The number was found by a 51-year-old engineer running multiple computers for days on end.

## Donald Trump Jr. Can't Do Middle School–Level Math

Twitter users are roasting Donald Trump Jr. for apparently misunderstanding how basic math works.

## Assad's Son Finishes Poorly at Math Olympiad in Brazil

Hafez al-Assad finished in the lower end of the International Mathematical Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.

## Trappist-1 Solar System Has High Probability of Life

Life on one planet could easily spread to another, according to the numbers.

## Always Pick the Wrong Line at the Checkout? Here's Why

You might be better off just taking a gamble and not getting hung up your decision.

## Pi Day: Seven Things You May Not Know About the Day

Indiana lawmakers' attempt to round Pi to 3.2 and a Pi world record are among the things you probably don't know about Pi Day.

## ISIS Math Education Starts With Banning the Plus Sign

ISIS teachers neglect subjects that used to be taught, such as science, mathematics, art and music. Instead, children are taught how to fight in jihad.

## Largest Prime Number Ever Identified

The number is too large to have any "practical value."

## A Look at Anti-Vaxxers' Monstrously Bad Measles Math

Did 108 people really die from measles vaccines in the past decade? No, but don't tell anti-vaxxers that.

## 1976 Apple-1 Computer Sells for Record $905,000 at NYC Auction

A Bonhams auction of science objects put items like an Apple-1 computer, a Manhattan Project viewing window and a letter by Charles Darwin on the block

## The Maths Behind the Simpsons' Women

The Simpsons has secretly created an unlikely role model for rational thinking and gender equality

## A Huge First For Women: Female Mathematician Wins Fields Medal

Stanford's Maryam Mirzakhani becomes first woman to snag highest prize in mathematics