A ROLL OF THE DICE

## These Structured Shapes That Arise From Chaos Are Making Us Question Reality

Ben Sparks explains the strange phenomenon of "attractors" that arise in seemingly random systems.

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A ROLL OF THE DICE

Ben Sparks explains the strange phenomenon of "attractors" that arise in seemingly random systems.

GETTING DIGITS

Just because it's an "unknown problem that no one was looking for a solution for," doesn't mean it isn't also utterly captivating.

Powerful new quantitative tools are now available to combat partisan bias in the drawing of voting districts.

HOW ODD

Dr. James Maynard, a mathematician and leading figure in recent progress on the Twin Prime Conjecture, explains his field of study.

THROWING A CURVEBALL

The grading method a teacher uses says a lot about how they think about their students.

'LIKE A KIND OF GRACE'

When a German retiree proved a famous long-standing mathematical conjecture, the response was underwhelming.

EVENING THE ODDS

The Collatz Conjecture is seemingly impossible to solve with our current mathematical tools, but simple to understand.

WHEN EAST TEACHES WEST

Skeptics of the program point to cultural differences between British and Chinese schools. Some say that students in the UK are unused to the rigor and long classroom hours experienced by Chinese students.

JUST GO FOR THE LOVESEAT, OKAY?

And, to be fair, we don't know many people whose couches look like old-school telephones, either.

LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER

Remember the video from an Australian construction site of bricks falling like dominoes into one position, then settling flat back the other way? Let Matt Parker, another Australian, explain why bricks fall that way.

THROW OUT MOST OF YOUR CRAYONS

The four color theorem states there are no maps that need five colors. In order to test that claim, mathematicians had to stop thinking about maps and start thinking about networks. They also had to stop doing the thinking themselves.

KNOW WHEN TO FOLD THEM

Robert Lang is quite the renaissance man. Having worked at NASA developing optoelectronics, he left his career of twenty-three years to become a preeminent figure in the world of origami.

A MODERN ARRANGEMENT

Thanks to new listening habits, artists are assuming the roles of creator and curator.

GET YOUR DAMON CERTIFICATION

Even if you're not a "wicked smarht" kid from South Boston, you can do it too.

WE SWEAR THE ILLUMINATI ARE INVOLVED

And by mathematician, we mean undergraduate at Princeton majoring in math. Casandra Monrow explains the mathemagic behind the simple number triangle.

LEARNING ABOUT THE LEAN

The outer wheel of a train has a longer distance to travel on a corner, so how does it do so without derailing? A simple demonstration of stabile mechanisms gives us all we need to understand twisty tracks.

THE GREAT, CONFUSING NORTH

Gerard Mercator's 16th-century attempt at mapping the Arctic includes such guesses as a giant whirlpool and polar pygmies.

TODAY'S BEST BRAIN PUZZLER

Frogs like to throw ragers but can only jump to certain lily pads under certain conditions. How do you get all frogs onto one party pad?