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Mathematical Moment on knots

Being Knotty

The subject of knot theory and its applications.


Scheduling Sports

Michael Trick talks about making schedules and the math involved. Hear more...


Being Knotty

Colin C. Adams talks about knot theory. Hear more...


Unifying Diverse Cities

Luís M.A. Bettencourt on how math connects the characteristics of many cities. Hear more...


Making an Attitude Adjustment

Repositioning spacecraft, including a great story about a master's thesis. Hear more...


Getting Inside Your Head

Van Wedeen talks about the structure of the brain's communication pathways. Hear more...


Thinking Outside the Box Score

Muthu Alagappan talks about using topology to analyze basketball. Hear more...


Working Up a Lather

The math of bubbles with James Sethian and Frank Morgan. Hear more...


Freeing Up Architecture

Math's role in the design of modern structures. Hear more...


Finding Friends

How math is used to understand networks. Hear more...


Catching and Releasing

What does math have to do with juggling? Find out...


Forecasting Crime

How does math help curb crime? Find out...


Putting the Auto in Automobile

How does math figure in to cars and intersections of the future? Find out...


Getting a Handle on Obesity

How is math used to analyze the worldwide obesity epidemic? Hear More...


Being on the Cutting Edge

Hear how math is used to find good cuts of gemstones. Hear More...


Keeping Things in Focus

Hear about uses of the curves called conic sections. Hear More...


Harnessing Wind Power

Hear how math helps design wind turbines. Hear More...


Keeping the Beat

Hear how math helps analyze heart rhythms. Hear More...


Sustaining the Supply Chain

Hear how math helps keep supplies moving in a disaster. Hear More...


Answering the Question, and Vice Versa

Hear how math helped create Watson, winner of the Jeopardy! Challenge. Hear More...


Sounding the Alarm

Hear how math is used to help warn about tsunamis. Hear More...


Putting Another Cork in It

ESPN’s Sport Science called on math prof Tim Chartier and former math major Daniel Martin to see if a triple cork was possible. Hear them talk about their investigation. Hear More...


Assigning Seats

Jennifer Wilson talks about determining the size of state delegations in the U.S. House of Representatives Hear More...


Knowing Rogues

Listen to Walter Craig talk about rogue waves. Hear More...


Creating Something out of (Next to) Nothing

Emmanuel Candès speaks about the exciting new field of compressed sensing. Hear More...


Getting at the Truth

Patrick Ball talks about his work investigating human rights abuses. Hear More...


Predicting Climate

Juan Meza talks about the many ways math is used to understand climate change. Hear More...


Resisting the Spread of Disease

Mac Hyman talks about H1N1, the swine flu, "the first major pandemic of the century." Hear More...


Analyzing Data

Robert Ghrist explains how topology helps make sense of large data sets. Hear More...


Matching Vital Needs

Sommer Gentry explains how math can increase the number of living-donor kidney transplants and save lives. Hear More...


Pulling Out (from) All the Stops

Hear Chris Solarz and Matt Ferrisi describe how they used graph theory to visit every New York subway stop in record time. Hear More...


Working It Out

A math professor solves a mystery about the opening chord of the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night." Hear More...


Improving Stents

Math improves the design and materials used for stents. Hear More...


Restoring Genius

Uncovering and discovering lost works of Archimedes. Hear More...


Steering Towards Efficiency

Math helps NASCAR vehicles, and yours, run effectively. Hear More...


Getting It Together

Analyzing collective motion in animals. Hear More...


Hearing a Master’s Voice

The spools of wire above contain the only known live recording of the legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie. Hear More...


Going with the Floes

A branch of mathematics called percolation theory helps explain how salt water travels through sea ice. Hear More...


Bending It Like Bernoulli

Hear how computational fluid dynamics is used to analyze soccer kicks. Hear More...


Predicting Storm Surge

Storm surge is often the most devastating part of a hurricane. Hear More...


Targeting Tumors

Geometry, partial differential equations, and integer linear programming all allow doctors to inflict maximum damage to tumors. Hear More...


Pinpointing Style

Mathematics is not just numbers and brute force calculation — there is considerable art and elegance to the subject. Hear More...


Finding Fake Photos

Actually, they weren’t caught together at all — their images were put together with software. Hear More...


Making movies come alive

Many movie animation techniques are based on mathematics. Hear More...


Folding for Fun and Function

Origami paper folding may not seem like a subject for mathematical investigation or one with sophisticated applications. Hear More...


Unearthing Power Lines

Votes are cast by the full membership in each house of Congress, but much of the important maneuvering occurs in committees. Hear More...


Putting Music on the Map

A recent mathematical breakthrough uses topology to represent musical chords as points in a space called an orbifold. Hear More...


Tripping the Light - Fantastic!

Invisibility is no longer confined to fiction. Hear More...


Making Votes Count

The outcome of elections is often determined more by the voting procedure than by the votes themselves. Hear More...


Describing the Oceans

Modeling El Ninõ. Hear More...

Students from the University of the South

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