A game of free will

Sometimes I wish I hadn't invented that game. - John Horton Conway about the Game of life [3] The most famous mathematical invention by John Conway was undoubtedly the Game of life, that was popolirized by Martin Gardner on his column published on Scientific American [1], but today I want to tell you something about the free will theorem. Read more

Fighting the coronavirus with mathematics

Infectious diseases are much on everybody's mind at the moment, as frantic efforts are going into stopping the spread of the coronavirus and developing a vaccine. Read more

International Day of Mathematics on March 14th

The International Day of Mathematics (IDM) is a worldwide celebration. Each year on March 14 all countries will be invited to participate through activities for both students and the general public in schools, museums, libraries and other spaces. On November 26, 2019, the 40th session of the General Conference, UNESCO proclaimed March 14 as the International Day of Mathematics. Read more

The ultimate question

If you are a reader of the Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, you probably know that 42 is the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. The choice of the number by Douglas Adams was quite random, excluding the simple fact that the number liked the writer. Read more

Lunar Arithmetic

One of the most popular expressions in Italy for giving strength to numbers is mathematics is not an opinion. The expression is exclusively Italian and mathematicians don't agree with this opinion, since they have fun inventing a large number of different mathematics. Read more

Join the celebrations of the first International Day of Mathematics

Math is everywhere - it’s time to celebrate it! The International Mathematical Union (IMU) plans together with UNESCO to proclaim March 14th, known as Pi-Day, as the annual International Day of Mathematics (IDM). Read more

Where does river water go when it enters the ocean?

Dr Tom Crawford, aka the ‘Naked Mathematician’ and the person behind the award-winning website tomrocksmaths.com, has recently launched a new series of online articles explaining his PhD thesis in simple terms. If you’re feeling brave, you can tackle the full beast online here, but for most people we suggest starting with the first article outlining the motivation behind the work with the question ‘where does river water go when it enters the ocean?’ “It might seem like a simple question, but just think about it for a second… Water falls from the sky as rain, it flows over and under the ground and enters into a river. Read more

Looking for Stability: an interview with Gabriella Pinzari

Gabriella Pinzari started studying the stability of the solar system during her PhD, when she planted the seeds for results that brought her all the way to ICM 2014 in Seoul, where she was an invited speaker. Read more
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