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Closing in on the twin prime conjecture (Quanta) - "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]

posted by kliuless on Dec 1, 2013 - 16 comments

posted by kliuless on Dec 1, 2013 - 16 comments

io9 takes a look at why the number 1729 shows up in so many Futurama episodes. It's mathtastic!

posted by quin on Oct 16, 2013 - 36 comments

posted by quin on Oct 16, 2013 - 36 comments

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.

posted by empath on Jul 11, 2013 - 33 comments

posted by empath on Jul 11, 2013 - 33 comments

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.

posted by painquale on May 10, 2013 - 59 comments

posted by painquale on May 10, 2013 - 59 comments

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]

posted by kliuless on Mar 16, 2013 - 25 comments

posted by kliuless on Mar 16, 2013 - 25 comments

Numberphile 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 screens?
Suitable for viewing by everyone from intelligent and curious middle-schoolers to math-impaired adults. Browse their YouTube channel here. (Via)

posted by BitterOldPunk on Dec 29, 2012 - 20 comments

posted by BitterOldPunk on Dec 29, 2012 - 20 comments

Animation of prime factorization of the integers based on Brent Yorgey's factorization diagrams, described here. [via Data Pointed, previously.]

posted by albrecht on Nov 1, 2012 - 35 comments

posted by albrecht on Nov 1, 2012 - 35 comments

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."

posted by escabeche on Sep 18, 2012 - 61 comments

posted by escabeche on Sep 18, 2012 - 61 comments

FatFonts creates numerical fonts where the amount of ink/pixels for each number is in direct proportion to its value.

posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 14, 2012 - 23 comments

posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 14, 2012 - 23 comments

NumberADay - *Every working day, we post a number and offer a selection of that number’s properties.*

posted by Wolfdog on Jan 11, 2012 - 30 comments

posted by Wolfdog on Jan 11, 2012 - 30 comments

New math theories reveal the nature of numbers [1,2] - "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." (/.|via) [more inside]

posted by kliuless on Jan 22, 2011 - 45 comments

posted by kliuless on Jan 22, 2011 - 45 comments

"*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? (expanded pdf) a paper written for the US Dept. of Energy makes this assertion based in part on the work of Georges Ifrah. [via] [more inside]

posted by jessamyn on Aug 26, 2010 - 44 comments

posted by jessamyn on Aug 26, 2010 - 44 comments

Every number from 1 to 9,999 has a special meaning. (much mathematical terminology, scrolling)

posted by zardoz on Apr 21, 2010 - 69 comments

posted by zardoz on Apr 21, 2010 - 69 comments

On May 13, security advisories published by Debian and Ubuntu 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]

posted by finite on May 16, 2008 - 81 comments

posted by finite on May 16, 2008 - 81 comments

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.

posted by Wolfdog on Jul 10, 2007 - 24 comments

posted by Wolfdog on Jul 10, 2007 - 24 comments

Mysterious number 6174. An excellent recreational math article.

posted by fatllama on Jan 13, 2007 - 34 comments

posted by fatllama on Jan 13, 2007 - 34 comments

Significance of numbers. Not to be confused with the concept of "significant figures," this page lists the significance of numbers 0 through 1000.
*See!* "2 is the only even prime."
*Hear!* "24 is the largest number divisible by all numbers less than its square root."
*Thrill!* "3367 is the smallest number which can be written as the difference of 2 cubes in 3 ways." Whoa!

posted by scarabic on Nov 11, 2005 - 43 comments

posted by scarabic on Nov 11, 2005 - 43 comments

Number Spirals: Coincidences of order. "In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them."

posted by jjray on Apr 15, 2004 - 16 comments

posted by jjray on Apr 15, 2004 - 16 comments

This post is about nothing. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

posted by moonbird on Sep 29, 2003 - 36 comments

posted by moonbird on Sep 29, 2003 - 36 comments

LavaRand...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.

posted by bicyclingfool on Apr 30, 2001 - 1 comment

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.

posted by bicyclingfool on Apr 30, 2001 - 1 comment

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!

posted by Skot on Mar 15, 2001 - 35 comments

posted by Skot on Mar 15, 2001 - 35 comments

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