# Mathematics

The fun with maths is that it can be applied to almost any problem that human beings face. Recently a group of researchers at the University of Maryland confirmed what international travellers knew for long—the jet lag when you travel east is worse than what you feel when you travel west. Our sleep patterns are […]

This week at the Scottish Open Golf Tournament, the pin flags which mark all the 18 holes on the golf course had a unique mathematical twist to them. Instead of a straight number, they had mathematical operations on them. And players had to do a little bit of math in their heads to figure out […]

Recently, a team of three researchers provided math proof of a theorem that had stood for 40 years without a solution. Many had tried and failed. Now their proof is going to be reviewed by their peers. And that process seems to be like what the noted website Phys.org puts rather beautifully. “Other researchers are […]

One of the most common problems at a party is how do you divide the cake or a pizza among those present. It is not a question of dividing the cake equally. After all, you may not like chocolate cake and somebody else does. Now, however, math has been applied to the problem. The cake […]

Beyond school, you will perhaps hear the word arithmetic most often in the context of politics. For instance, in the recent Assembly elections held in five states of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry, there was a lot of talk of the poll arithmetic. Why does arithmetic make a comeback post-school? Well, it […]

One branch of mathematics which has great use in work life is statistics. And its importance is rising in the age of Big Data as organisations look for expert data scientists. The concept of statistics is quite simple really. It studies not individuals but large groups, and tries to make predictions about individuals based on […]

Prime numbers can be a lot like fashion models. The one dressed in red is not likely to stand next to another one in the queue who is also dressed in red. And that pickiness among prime numbers has shocked mathematicians. For a long time they had thought that like them, prime numbers too do […]

Predicting weather is big business globally. Many companies whether in tourism or aviation would pay a lot to know whether it is going to rain on a particular day or not. And guess what? Scientists at the University of Washington have published a mathematical model which can help predict the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO). The Science […]

If you have been on a hiking trip recently or you grew up away from the city, it is quite likely that you would have attempted to set up a fire in the wild. What shape do you try and build up a fire? Normally, the woods and the twigs would be placed in a […]

What is the point of studying math in school or anywhere else? 2 + 2 will always equal 4. So what is the big deal about it? How many children in school think along similar lines? Many, no? Math, however, is present in many things around us. And it can help us solve big problems. […]