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  • 125 Years of Sir Ronald A. Fisher

    125 Years of Sir Ronald A. Fisher

    February 27th, 2015

    by Jennifer Johnson

    February 17th, 2015 marked 125 years since famous statistician Ronald A. Fisher was born. The influential statistician made many notable contributions to the fields of statistics, genetics and evolutionary biology. Many of the terms commonly heard in introductory statistics lectures were first introduced by Fisher. In 1921, Fisher developed the concept of maximum likelihood, a […]


    Heads-up-Limit Hold’em Poker is Solved

    Heads-up-Limit Hold’em Poker is Solved

    February 17th, 2015

    by Laurynas Kalesinskas

    We have long been wondering about the day computers can match the power of the human mind. Are we there yet? No. Not even close. But we have gotten one step closer with this recent development by Dr. Bowling’s research team at University of Alberta and their computer Cepheus. Computers have long been able to beat humans in […]


    The Universal Machine

    The Universal Machine

    January 22nd, 2015

    by Jennifer Johnson

    With the recent release of the film, The Imitation Game, a wide audience has learned of the immense mathematical accomplishments of Alan Turing. The Academy Award nominated film focuses on breaking the system the Germans used for encrypting vital messages during WWII called the Enigma. The actual title of the film, however, refers to Turing’s […]


    A Taste of Math

    A Taste of Math

    December 4th, 2014

    by Elizabeth Greiwe

    One of the many places that mathematics shows up in our everyday lives is in cooking. Basic mathematics appears in the measurement of ingredients and conversions of cups to pounds or ounces to tablespoons. A stripped-down recipe is nothing more than a ratio. Take a shortbread cookie for example; the ratio is 1 part sugar […]


    Alan Turing, Computers, & Cryptography

    Alan Turing, Computers, & Cryptography

    November 15th, 2014

    by Stephen Doty

    Who was Alan Turing?  An athlete, for one, but also a gifted mathematician who published one of the most important mathematical papers ever written, in which the precise notion of what can be computed was defined for the first time. The paper came out in 1936, when he was 24 years of age and still […]


    A Mathematical Way to Find Your Spouse

    A Mathematical Way to Find Your Spouse

    November 7th, 2014

    by Jennifer Johnson

    Have you ever wondered about the ideal age to get married? Perhaps you are curious about how many people you have to date before you find “the one.” Interestingly enough, mathematicians think about this problem and have developed a formula that will give a person a chance at happiness, or maybe just a chance at […]


    Infinitude of Prime Numbers

    November 4th, 2014

    by Hans Murcia

    Recently, a prime number of more than 17 million digits was discovered and it is the largest prime number known; however, the search for prime numbers continues given the fact that the number of prime number is infinite as it was proved by Euclid around the 3rd century B.C.


    2D Cellular Automata

    October 14th, 2014

    by Jonathan Kusner

    This post will discuss 2D cellular automata; we will talk about what they are, how they are constructed, and why they are studied. We will see how these systems, though simple in their construction, are a hopeful tool that may give researchers insight into the origins of many complex mechanisms like consciousness.


    Mathematics Careers Rank Top 4 in Best Jobs List

    Mathematics Careers Rank Top 4 in Best Jobs List

    August 28th, 2014

    by Jennifer Johnson

    Students around the country majoring in the mathematical sciences have gained assurance that they are heading down the right road. A recent report(*) from CareerCast put mathematics careers in the top four spots for the best jobs for 2014. 1. Mathematician 2. Tenured Professor 3. Statistician 4. Actuary Rankings are based on career outlook, salary, and […]


    Iranian Mathematician is First Female Fields Medalist

    Iranian Mathematician is First Female Fields Medalist

    August 15th, 2014

    by Elizabeth Greiwe

    For the first time in its 78-year history, a woman has won a Fields Medal, mathematics’ equivalent to the Nobel Prize. The International Congress of Mathematics recognized Stanford University mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani for her work on the geometry of Riemann surfaces. More specifically, Mirzakhani has looked into “moduli spaces,” or how a Riemann surface […]