Tuesday, January 26, 2016

49th Known Mersenne Prime Found!

On January 7th, GIMPS celebrated its 20th anniversary with the discovery of the largest known prime number, 274,207,281-1. Curtis Cooper, one of many thousands of GIMPS volunteers, used one of his university's computers to make the find.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

With Discovery, 3 Scientists Chip Away At An Unsolvable Math Problem

There are now 15 known convex pentagons, or nonregular pentagons with the angles pointing outward, that can "tile the plane."

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize Winners Announced

Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to be awarded the Fields Medal for her work connecting topology, geometry and dynamical systems.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014


If you haven't tried it, check out the fun new math game 2048 on the web and any smartphone or device.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Belgian Mathematician Wins Abel Prize for Shaping Algebraic Geometry

Pierre Deligne netted the prize, one of the most prestigious in mathematics and worth about $1 million, for proving a deep conjecture about algebraic geometry which has helped to transform number theory and related fields. Click here for more information.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Kenneth I. Appel, Mathematician Who Harnessed Computer Power, Dies at 80

Kenneth I. Appel, who helped usher the venerable mathematical proof into the computer age, solving a longstanding problem concerning colors on a map with the help of an I.B.M. computer making billions of decisions, died on April 19 in Dover, N.H. He was 80.

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