A study conducted by mechanical engineers at MIT probes for answers at the intersection of music and science: what features optimize a violin’s sound? The researchers go further than scientific analysis, suggesting that changes to violinmaking occurred through a process similar to evolution.
Professor Vladimir Rokhlin has won the 2014 William Benter Prize for developing a series of algorithms to solve a baffling problem — a precise calculation of the net force on an object.
Just as humans evolve as populations, the translation of genotype to phenotype changes with time. A recent study co-authored by a Yale professor reveals that the correlation between a gene and its effect is not consistent over time, which brings past and current genetic research into question.
The world is a beautiful mess of visual information. Yale Professor Steven Zucker and his research group recently announced findings that unite mathematics, neurobiology, and psychology to make sense of how the brain makes sense of it all.
Adam Marcus, Daniel Spielman, and Nikhil Srivastava have proven the 54-year-old mathematical problem known as the Kadison-Singer Conjecture, which holds important consequences for the field of interlacing families as well as the mathematical foundations of quantum physics.
Ian Stewart’s In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Have Changed the World approaches math from a truly novel perspective, emphasizing the link between math and history. The book appeals to audiences of all backgrounds, even catering to the not-so-mathematically-minded.
In his 2012 book, The Half-Life of Facts, scientist and writer Samuel Arbesman explains how truth changes and how to quantify its decay.
Yale professor George Mostow will be honored for his trailblazing career in geometry with the prestigious Wolf Prize in Mathematics.
Humans might be superior animals when it comes to matters of intelligence or communication, but one thing we will never be able to do is fly like birds. Mathematical calculations show why our species is destined to be forever land-bound.
Dr. Bercovici of Yale’s Geology and Geophysics Department studies volcano behavior and recently proposed a new predictive model.