Exclusive: A Few Words From 7-Year-Old Chloe, Who Wrote The Letter To Google That’s Taking Over The Internet

February 23, 2017 by

A few weeks ago 7-year-old Chloe Bridgewater, from Hereford, UK, was inspired by her dad Andy to write a letter to Google and share her desire to work for the tech giant when she "is bigger". ... [Read More]

The Mathematical Adventures of Maryam Mirzakhani

February 22, 2017 by

A square, who works as a lawyer in the two-dimensional world of Flatland, sits down with his hexagonal grandson: Taking nine squares, each an inch every way, I had put them together so as to make one large square, with a side of three inches, and I had hence proved to my grandson that – though it was impossible to see the inside of the square ... [Read More]

10 Things You Should Know About Edith Clarke, A Badass, Pioneering Electrical Engineer

February 10, 2017 by

Edith Clarke was born 134 years ago today, on February 10 in 1883 in a small Maryland farming community. One of nine children, both her parents died by the time she was just 12 years old. Six years later, Edith made the life-changing decision to use the little inheritance money she received to study mathematics and astronomy ... [Read More]

Courtney Church Discovers The Formula For Nerd-Chic With Periodically Inspired Brand

February 7, 2017 by

It was a cold Rhode Island winter in 2010 that led Courtney Church to start scanning the Periodic Table of Elements. She wasn’t looking to bone up on her chem savvy; she just had the sudden urge to try to create words and phrases using the one and two-letter abbreviations of the elements’ names. Little did she ... [Read More]

Our Neighbor, Australopithecus: The Anthropology of Mary Leakey (1913-1996)

February 6, 2017 by

The 1960s and early 1970s were the Rock Star era of anthropology, when each year seemed to bring a stunning new glimpse into the early development of man, and being a top anthropologist was to be a household name on par with Buzz Aldrin or Leonard Bernstein. And while individual ... [Read More]

Maestro Of Trajectories: The Fascinating Tale Of Katherine Johnson’s Orbital Mathematics

January 12, 2017 by

Before NASA, there was NACA, an oddball collection of aeronautics nerds using black box data and wind tunnel analysis to figure out as much as they could about the science of flight. Calculations, done almost entirely by hand, were the coursing lifeblood of the organization. Those calculations ... [Read More]

Sex, Cards, and Calculus: A Day with Badass Mathematician Émilie du Châtelet (1706-1749)

December 21, 2016 by

In popular mythology, the 1687 publication of Newton’s Principia was the culminating moment when one human told the world how the universe works, performed his century’s equivalent of the mic drop, and then received the adulation that was his due. Of course, it worked nothing like that, ... [Read More]

Fourth Grade Teacher Helps Class Rap Out Long Division Problem… And It’s Spectacular

December 20, 2016 by

We love teachers, especially when they think outside the box and show kids how much fun learning can be. So we were super psyched when we came across this video on Facebook from fourth grade teacher Nadine Ebri, who helped her class turn a long division lesson into a rap song. ... [Read More]