Closing in on the twin prime conjecture
) - "Just months after Zhang
announced his result, Maynard
has presented an independent proof that pushes the gap down to 600. A new Polymath project
is in the planning stages, to try to combine the collaboration's techniques with Maynard's approach to push this bound even lower." [more inside]
How To Fold a Julia Fractal.
A beautiful interactive introduction to complex numbers, fractals and waves. (Requires WebGL)
. To Infinity And Beyond
is a similar introduction to calculus.
In August of last year, mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki reported that he had solved one of the great puzzles of number theory: the ABC conjecture (previously on Metafilter
). Almost a year later, no one else knows whether he has succeeded. No one can understand his proof.
Using computer systems for doing mathematical proofs
- "With the proliferation of computer-assisted proofs
that are all but impossible to check by hand, Hales thinks computers must become the judge." [more inside]
is a website containing short videos (approx. 5-10 min.) about numbers and stuff. Mathematicians and physicists play around with the tools of their trade and explain things in simple, clear language. Learn things you didn't know you were interested in! Find out why 493-7775
is a pretty cool phone number! What's the significance of 42
, anyway? What the heck is a vampire number
? Why does Pac-Man have only 255
Suitable for viewing by everyone from intelligent and curious middle-schoolers to math-impaired adults. Browse their YouTube channel here
What is the smallest prime?
"It seems that the number two should be the obvious answer, and today it is, but it was not always so. There were times when and mathematicians for whom the numbers one and three were acceptable answers. To find the first prime, we must also know what the first positive integer is. Surprisingly, with the definitions used at various times throughout history, one was often not the first positive integer (some started with two, and a few with three). In this article, we survey the history of the primality of one, from the ancient Greeks to modern times. We will discuss some of the reasons definitions changed, and provide several examples. We will also discuss the last significant mathematicians to list the number one as prime."
creates numerical fonts
where the amount of ink/pixels for each number is in direct proportion to its value
- Every working day, we post a number and offer a selection of that number’s properties.
New math theories reveal the nature of numbers
] - "We prove that partition numbers
are 'fractal' for every prime. These numbers
, in a way we make precise, are self-similar
in a shocking way. Our 'zooming' procedure resolves several open conjectures, and it will change how mathematicians study partitions." (/.
) [more inside]
"Michel de Montaigne, whose essays transformed Western consciousness and literature, was not capable of solving basic arithmetic problems. And most other people would not be able to do so either, if not for the invention of decimal notation by an unknown mathematician in India 1500 years ago.
" The Greatest Mathematical Discovery?
) a paper written for the US Dept. of Energy makes this assertion based in part on the work of Georges Ifrah. [via
] [more inside]
Every number from 1 to 9,999 has a special meaning
. (much mathematical terminology, scrolling)
On May 13, security advisories published by Debian
revealed that, for over a year, their OpenSSL libraries have had a major flaw in their CSPRNG
, which is used by key generation
functions in many widely-used applications, which caused the "random" numbers produced to be extremely predictable. [lolcat summary] [more inside]
The Prime Game
is not really much of a game, but it is
a neat & little-known fact about the decimal representation of prime numbers.
Mysterious number 6174.
An excellent recreational math article.
Significance of numbers.
Not to be confused with the concept of "significant figures," this page lists the significance of numbers 0 through 1000.
"2 is the only even prime."
"24 is the largest number divisible by all numbers less than its square root."
"3367 is the smallest number which can be written as the difference of 2 cubes in 3 ways." Whoa!
This post is about nothing
...harnessing the power of Lava Lite® lamps to generate truly random numbers....
That's a bold statement, but who am I to doubt the power of the lava lamp
. The mathematical purist may disagree with the "truely random" part, but this geek speak
convinced me that LavaRand can handle all my random number needs.
Mathematician Bums Out Entire Scientific Community
His "Omega" number--infinite and incalculable--guts hopes for pure mathematics, physicists' hopes for a Theory of Everything, and is just in general kind of bafflingly cool. Builds on the whole Godel/Turing foundation of hopelessness!