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Current Events

In this age of digital plentitude, media content often cannot be comprehended at its fullest, as news headlines and social media platforms constantly inundate us with a plethora of statistics and information. Without delving deeper into the mechanics behind a particular study – such as by whom, when, and where the survey or experiment was conducted – there is not much we can do besides accepting the facts as they are presented. Our goal is to abridge this leap of faith by verifying and telling these stories in our own words, through the lenses of the youth.

Approaching the Pattern of Metasurfaces

A vast number of the latest discoveries and advances in technology have been spurred by the creation of artificially crafted materials, and metamaterials appear to be one of the most promising findings at the forefront of this horizon. What exactly is a metamaterial, you ask? Metamaterials are structures built from... Read More

The Challenge with Our Math Education

The issue of math education in our country isn’t a new one. For decades, we have strived to improve the quality of our students and their learning in the math and science fields — but is it working? Two months ago, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) made public... Read More

Password Mathematics

“Password must be at least 12 characters.” “Password must contain at least one number.” “Password must have at least one capital letter.” We have all encountered these frustrating red errors at one time or another. Often, we respond simply by appending an extra exclamation point or a single digit to... Read More

Minimal Surfaces: The Breakthrough That Won Karen Uhlenbeck an Abel Prize

On one Sunday morning in March, Dr. Karen Uhlenbeck received a phone call from Norway.1 She had just been chosen as the recipient of the 2019 Abel Prize, one of the highest honors in mathematics.... Read More

Vincent Lafforgue and the Langlands Program

The Langlands Program is the “single biggest project in modern mathematical research” [2]. The objective of this article is to give readers with a little background about the topic a general sense of what the program does, as well as some updates on recent progress made by the mathematician Vincent... Read More

Introduction to Fourier Transformations: The Beauty of Circles

Ptolemy’s discoveries, the beauty of circles, and Homer Simpson? Here’s how Ptolemy’s theory of epicycles can be used to create any closed orbit.... Read More

A Faster Multiplication Algorithm

Over four thousand years ago, the Babylonians recorded the first known illustrations of multiplication in their clay tablets. Instead of listing all possible products with a multiplication table, the Babylonians listed the squares of integers and utilized a clever... Read More

Computing: the universal language

MIT has recently opened the Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, a college meant to meet the challenges of an ever-evolving environment where "computing is for everyone." It was a huge project for the famed tech university, and one sorely needed. ... Read More

Bees and the Concept of 0

“Zero is a difficult concept to understand and a mathematical skill that doesn’t come easily – it takes children a few years to learn,” said Adrian Dyer, from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. “We’ve long believed only humans had the intelligence to get the concept, but recent research has shown... Read More

Mathematics behind Urbanization

Urbanization and migration to urban areas have been occurring at increasing rates, with 80% of the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2050 — up from roughly 54% in 2014. With such an overwhelming influx of the population into cities, comes an ever-increasing need for detailed analysis of... Read More