# Mathematics

### Nicolas Bourbaki, the Mathematical Maestro Who Never Actually Existed

Nine mathematicians inadvertently created Bourbaki while writing a textbook in post-war Paris.

### Potential New MH370 Crash Area Identified by Mathematical Technique

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in 2014 is one of the biggest mysteries in the history of aviation.

### Our Algorithm Lets Us Multiply Huge Numbers Faster

To multiply two numbers by hand takes a few steps but it's something we're taught in school. When dealing with big numbers, really big numbers, we need to a quicker way to do things.

### Mathematician Solves 64-year-old 'Diophantine Puzzle'

Andrew Booker managed to express the number 33 as the the sum of three cubes.

### Pi Day 2019: Jokes Celebrating The Famous Constant

Pi Day was first celebrated at the San Francisco Exploratorium on March 14 (3/14) 1988—with the date chosen as a reference to the first digits of pi.

### Honeybees Can Do Basic Math, Study Finds

The researchers say that more animals than previously believed might be capable of numerical cognition

### Scientists Discover an Entirely New Shape

The finding could help scientists better understand how organs are formed in the body.

### Honeybees Understand the Mathematical Concept of Zero

Only a handful of animals are known to understand the concept.

### Pop Hits Are Happier, More Danceable, Study Shows

Between 1985 and 2015, hit songs were significantly more danceable than songs that didn't top the charts.

### What's the Longest Straight-line Ocean path on Earth?

This question was the focus of a post that set Reddit alight.

### Google Doodle Honors the 'Prince of Mathematics'

"God does arithmetic," the German prodigy once said.

### Pi Day: What Is Pi and Where Did It Come From?

π is used to represent a special number—the ratio of a circle's circumference.

### FedEx Employee Discovers Largest Prime Number Ever

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

### Mathematician Solves Proof So Complex We Can't Check It

The notoriously reclusive prodigy is waiting for someone to prove him right.

### Woman Wins Lottery Twice in One Day

Still, a statistician says this will happen more than once a year.

### 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.

### Why Math = Beautiful (No, Really)

We rarely equate math with beauty and elegance—but we should.

### Adam And Eve Naked Once Again In New Exhibition

A new exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge displays a restored image of Adam and Eve naked in a medieval primer.

### Albert Einstein: A Driven, Curious and Innovative Mind That Changed the Course of History

By 1921, Einstein was recognized as one of the most talented minds of his generation.