Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman and first Iranian to be awarded the Fields Medal, has passed away at the age of 40 from breast cancer.Read More
See this BAMF right here? Do you see her and her amazing fashionable bowtie? This is Emmy Noether, and you better remember that name because she is the most kick-ass mathematician ever and YOU ARE WELCOME.Read More
Esther Okade might be ten years younger than normal university students, but she's easily ten years cooler. Even Tony Stark didn't graduate MIT until he was in his late teens.Read More
Wondering why Yitang Zhang's work on prime numbers is such a big deal? Because 70,000,000 is closer to 2 than you might think...
Earlier this month, we brought you the news that University of New Hampshire mathematician Yitang Zhang proved a weak version of the twin prime conjecture, showing that there is an endless supply of prime pairs which are separated by no more than 70,000,000. That seems like it's a long way from proving the proper twin prime conjecture -- showing an infinite number of primes separated by just two digits -- but it might not be. In their latest video, the math whizzes at Numberphile offer a great layman's explanation of what the twin prime conjecture is and what Zhang's work means for it.Read More