The Power of Zero

A compact, place-based number system with a symbol for zero opens the floodgates for arithmetic calculations and the discovery of new numbers. […]

Applied Math

How to Make an Unbreakable Code

Throughout history, people have had a desire to keep certain information hidden from other people. Communications involving business transactions, national security, military plans, and even […]

Applied Math

The Power of a Mathematical Picture

If a picture is worth a thousand words, in mathematics, a picture can spawn a thousand ideas. A picture can provide deep understanding, prompt an idea or process to suddenly make sense, and lead the way to finally understanding a tricky piece of mathematics. […]

Classical Philosophy

Mathematics and Plato’s Guardians

In Plato’s Republic, the great philosopher lays out his thoughts and prescriptions for the best way to organize society. Power, he insists, should lie with […]

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