The Collatz Conjecture is seemingly impossible to solve with our current mathematical tools, but simple to understand.
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.
And, to be fair, we don't know many people whose couches look like old-school telephones, either.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to new listening habits, artists are assuming the roles of creator and curator.
Even if you're not a "wicked smarht" kid from South Boston, you can do it too.
And by mathematician, we mean undergraduate at Princeton majoring in math. Casandra Monrow explains the mathemagic behind the simple number triangle.
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.
Gerard Mercator's 16th-century attempt at mapping the Arctic includes such guesses as a giant whirlpool and polar pygmies.
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?