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Understanding Mudslides And Other Debris Flows Using mathematics
2014-05-01 03:09:36

Ivy F. Kupec, National Science Foundation Mudslides. Landslides. Volcanic debris flows. Avalanches. Falling rocks... They can come along so suddenly that people, homes, roads and even towns are buried or destroyed without much warning. Recently, we've had dramatic reminders of this, such as the mudslide in Oso, Wash., where 41 people died; an avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed 13 experienced Sherpas and another landslide event in Jackson, Wyo. And as much as ancient Pompeii serves as...

2014-01-31 23:04:40

Seven Academy has updated its delightful children’s educational app Count up to Ten: Learn Numbers with Montessori, which teaches children how to count from 1 to 10 through 4 playful, fun and engaging mini-games that feature a delightful cast of unforgettable characters. The universal app is designed by renowned French mathematician and expert Aurélien Alvarez, and is compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Cupertino, CA (PRWEB) January 31, 2014 The renowned development team...

Philosopher Suggests Stripped Down Approach To Fermat’s Last Theorem
2013-03-04 19:30:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In 1637, the French lawyer and part-time mathematician Pierre de Fermat put forward a simple and elegant numerical riddle that would puzzle and confound math geeks for 358 years. Known as Fermat´s Last Theorem, or simply Fermat´s conjecture, the theorem states no whole, positive numbers can make the equation xn + yn = zn true when ℠n´ is greater than 2. Scribbling haphazardly in the margin of an old Greek math...

Liquid Crystal Research May Lead To Advancement Of Future Applications
2012-12-27 10:23:24

University of Massachusetts at Amherst Contributing geometric and topological analyses of micro-materials, University of Massachusetts Amherst mathematician Robert Kusner aided experimental physicists at the University of Colorado (UC) by successfully explaining the observed "beautiful and complex patterns revealed" in three-dimensional liquid crystal experiments. The work is expected to lead to creation of new materials that can be actively controlled. Kusner is a geometer, an expert...

2012-02-07 23:17:43

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992 brought an influx of Soviet mathematicians to U.S. institutions, and those scholars' differing areas of specialization have changed the way math is studied and taught in this country, according to new research by University of Notre Dame Economist Kirk Doran and a colleague from Harvard. Titled "The Collapse of the Soviet Union and the Productivity of American Mathematicians," the study will appear in an upcoming edition of the Quarterly Journal of...

2011-01-20 15:13:35

Finite formula found for partition numbers For centuries, some of the greatest names in math have tried to make sense of partition numbers, the basis for adding and counting. Many mathematicians added major pieces to the puzzle, but all of them fell short of a full theory to explain partitions. Instead, their work raised more questions about this fundamental area of math. On Friday, Emory mathematician Ken Ono will unveil new theories that answer these famous old questions. Ono and his...

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2010-12-01 10:10:00

By Carol Ness, UC Berkeley Beauty and truth aren't the first things that come to mind, for most people, when they think about math. Berkeley math professor Edward Frenkel is trying to change that. He tells his classes in multivariable calculus that one of his goals is to unlock the subject's inherent beauty for them, the truth revealed by a mathematical formula. And now, the culture itself is his audience. Frenkel has come out with a 26-minute feature film that aims to achieve that goal...

2010-06-02 21:06:29

Study shows math mentors much more effective in beginning of career A new Northwestern University study of mentor-prot©g© relationships has found something that parents and children have known for a long time: the generation gap is real, and it matters. It not only affects communication but also who mentors young mathematicians successfully and who does not. Northwestern researchers analyzed 60 years of a "family tree" of mathematicians and the doctoral students they advised. They...

2009-12-08 17:50:00

"Mathematics links Art and Science in one great enterprise, the human attempt to make sense of the universe." So writes Abel Prizewinner and Fields Medalist Sir Michael F. Atiyah in the January 2010 Notices of the American Mathematical Society. The theme of the issue is creativity in mathematics. Mathematicians have always felt a strong creative aspect in their subject, but only in recent years has the flowering of connections between mathematics and the arts made this aspect apparent to the...

2009-09-23 14:03:58

Mathematicians from North America, Europe, Australia, and South America have resolved the first one trillion cases of an ancient mathematics problem on congruent numbers. The advance, which included work by David Harvey, an assistant professor at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, was achieved through a complex technique for multiplying large numbers. The problem, first posed more than 1000 years ago, concerns the areas of right-angled triangles. A congruent...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.