# Math

## For All the Benefits of Studying Mathematics, Some Critics See a Dark Side

Could the objective assurance in correct answers mandated in mathematics education teach students to be similarly calculating and assured when it comes to daily moral conundrums?

## Compliment a Woman's Looks, Lower Her Math Score

New Israeli research finds a well-intentioned remark can trigger a negative reaction.

## The Mathematical Significance of Pi

For Pi Day, a mathematician breaks down a figure that goes beyond the universal.

## Babylonians Were Really Good at Astronomy

They figured out a math problem related to the path of Jupiter—14 centuries before top British and French scientists did.

## What Makes You So Smart, MIT Professor?

Noah Davis talks to Scott Aaronson—named by SuperScholar as one of the 30 smartest people alive—about the unpopularity of nerds, the value of skipping grades, and why Shakespeare isn't the worst.

## Blame Your Parents for Your Crappy Math Skills

New research finds that when parents with math anxieties try to help their kids, their efforts could backfire.

## What Makes You So Smart, Stephen Wolfram?

Noah Davis talks to the founder of Wolfram Alpha about computing the world's knowledge, how his kids got him to start traveling, and why he's not scared of AI.

## Fighting Epidemics With Math

Researchers tame the complicated social dynamics of infection by re-thinking reality.

## Here's How Not to Teach First-Grade Math

One of the few rigorous studies of its kind shows that first-grade math teachers tend to use unproven alternative techniques when there are more math-challenged students in their class.

## How All the Cool Kids Are Doing Subtraction Nowadays

The number line: it's subtraction—except it's addition.