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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.

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

Misusing Mathematical Terms: How Bad is it Really?

You’ve probably heard the words exponential growth many times in math class, whether to describe the population trends of the past few decades or to calculate present and future values of bank savings. While these depictions are based on accurate mathematical models, in the real world people tend to use... Read More

Topology in Data Analysis

“We’re facing a wave of data; the amount of data is so big that a lot of information is never looked at by anybody,” said a group of researchers, including Vaclav Snasel, Jana Nowakova, Fatos Xhafa, and Leonard Barolli. As modern technology progresses, we can expect to see an increase... Read More

Gender Gap In Competition Math

It is unanimously recognized that a gender gap exists in many aspects of society in the United States. However, a little less obvious of a fact is that this gender gap has a prevalent role in the world of mathematics. A common argument says that girls are inherently less smart... Read More