Science

The Math of Everything

Introduction

The Multiplicities of Math
by Jesse Emspak

Section 1: Big Questions

1.1.  The Top Unsolved Questions in Mathematics Remain Mostly Mysterious

        by Rachel Crowell

1.2   A Random Walk through the English Language

        by Jordan Ellenberg

1.3   Hilbert Walked so the Clay Mathematics Institute Could Run

        by Evelyn Lamb

1.4   Numbers Game

        by Kelsey Houston-Edwards

1.5   Is Mathematics, like Science, Pluralistic?

        by John Horgan

1.6   New Proof Solves 80-Year-Old Irrational Number Problem

        by Leila Sloman

1.7   The Three-Body Problem

        by Richard Montgomery

1.8   The Un(solv)able Problem

        by Toby S. Cubitt, David Pérez-García & Michael Wolf

Section 2: Measurements and Analysis

2.1   Confronting Unknowns

        by Jessica Hullman

2.2   The Significant Problem of P Values

        by Lydia Denworth

2.3   How Small is Small?

        by Naomi Oreskes

2.4   Computation in Service of Poetry

        by Evelyn Lamb

2.5   Farewell to the Fractional Foot

        by Evelyn Lamb

Section 3: Society, Politics and Economics

3.1   Can an Algorithm Help Solve Political Paralysis?

        by Julia Hotz

3.2   Smartphone Data Show Voters in Black Neighborhoods Wait Longer

        by Daniel Garisto

3.3   Geometry versus Gerrymandering

        by Moon Duchin

3.4   Ask Gini: How to Measure Inequality

        by Evelyn Lamb

3.5   The American Economy Is Rigged

        by Joseph E. Stiglitz

3.6   Is Inequality Inevitable?

        by Bruce Boghosian

Section 4: Your Health by the Numbers

4.1   False Positive Alarm

        by Sarah Lewin Fraser

4.2   The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle of Social Science Modeling

        by Ben Klemens

4.3   Geometry Points to Coronavirus Drug Target Candidates

        by Michael Dhar

4.4   Few Would Fear COVID Vaccines if Policy Makers Explained Their Risks Better

        by Claudia Wallis

4.5   When Assessing Novel Risks, Facts Are Not Enough

        by Baruch Fischhoff

Section 5: Math Drives Technology

5.1   The Mathematics of (Hacking) Passwords

        by Jean-Paul Delahaye

5.2   Why History Should Matter to Code Breakers

        by Craig P. Bauer

5.3   Color-Changing Fibers Unravel a Knotty Mystery

        by Jeremy Hsu

5.4   Algorithm Aids Search for Those Lost at Sea

        by Scott Hershberger

5.5   Math Can Help Build a Global Digital Community

        by Cindy Lawrence

5.6   The Math of Making Connections

        by Kelsey Houston-Edwards

Section 6: Math 101: Education and Learning

6.1   Why Math Education in the U.S. Doesn’t Add Up

        by Jo Baoler & Pablo Zoido

6.2   Teaching the Controversy: Is 5 × 3 Five 3s or Three 5s?

        by Evelyn Lamb

6.3   The Surprising Link between Recreational Math and Undecidability

        by Evelyn Lamb

6.4   The Mathematical Phrase that Melts My Brain

        by Evelyn Lamb

6.5   Learning on the Back of an Envelope

        by Amanda Baker

6.6   Fractions: Where It All Goes Wrong

        by Robert S. Siegler

6.7   The Only Way to Win Is Not to Play the Game

        by Evelyn Lamb

Section 7: Pop Culture Math

7.1   For Math Fans: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Number 42

        by Jean-Paul Delahaye

7.2   What Is the Funniest Number?

        by Evelyn Lamb

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