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These are articles curated by the High School Journal of Mathematics Team.

The Rules of Contagion: Mathematics of Epidemics

Understanding the Covid-19 epidemic and the hidden laws that govern how diseases spread A whisper. That’s how it always begins. Then, the whisper becomes a murmur, the murmur a rumor, and the rumor spreads like wildfire among family, friends, close ones, until it expands outside our inner circle and no... Read More

Mathematics of Gambling, Lottery, and Optimal Stopping Theory

Anthony Dee  While the study of mathematics has a wide variety of uses today, one of the earliest motives of mathematical study was to make a profit from gambling. Research in gambling led to the development of probability theory, one of the more popular disciplines of mathematics today. Probability theory... Read More

Katherine Johnson: Fighting Discrimination at NASA

Katherine Johnson was a NASA mathematician who was a trailblazer both in her field as well as in the fight against racial and gender discrimination. Her work was critical in the success of numerous seminal space missions.   Johnson’s journey with mathematics started in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where she... Read More

The Race Gap in Mathematics 

Over half a century since Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, America finds itself far more accepting of racial and ethnic differences than ever. It has become increasingly rare to hear of instances of explicit segregation or discrimination, and when those do unfortunately crop up, they are... Read More

Mitchell Feigenbaum

Mitchell J. Feigenbaum, a mathematician and physicist, died on June 30 at a hospital in Manhattan at the age of 74. Among his staggering achievements, he was the first to discover that many different physical systems follow a common “period doubling” path to chaos, thus pioneering the study of chaos... Read More

Math & Biology

In a recent study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, supporting evidence was found for the mathematics behind embryonic tissue folding. Embryonic tissue folding is the process of tissue forming that determines the shapes of most of our body’s inner workings. While scientists have been observing this phenomenon... Read More

The Math Behind Climate Change

From the feud between President Trump and Greta Thunberg to the more recent destructive wildfires in Australia, it seems the topic of climate change has, fittingly, never been more heated. And though some believe in climate change and others disregard it, an opinion is meaningless in the presence of fact.... Read More

Mathematician on a Bill: Alan Turing

You may have heard of Alan Madison Turing from the movie “Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Born in 1912, Turing was a talented British mathematician who studied at Cambridge University. Among the many fields in which he established a solid reputation, people most note him for his impactful work in... Read More

Mathematicians Writing Fiction: Alice in Wonderland and its legacy

A popular anecdote recounts that Queen Victoria loved Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland so much that she demanded to be presented with the author’s next book as soon as possible. She soon received a scholarly book on mathematics, An Elementary Treatise on Determinants. Although this anecdote is unfounded, it amusingly shows... Read More