Mathematics Category

April 8, 2019

In Bubbles, She Sees a Mathematical Universe

For Karen Uhlenbeck, winner of the Abel Prize for math, a whimsical phenomenon offers a window onto higher dimensions.

April 2, 2019

MIB: Rediscovering the Hot Hand

Basketball players can be streaky. When they are “in the zone” or “on a hot streak” the rim looks huge and it can be hard to stop them. That was the conventional wisdom in basketball, until it was disproven in 1985 by Thomas Gilovich and Amos Tversky. …

March 31, 2019

Math, Money, and Making a Difference

MIT alumnus James Simons is a mathematician and founder of the highly quantitative investment firm Renaissance Technologies where he served as CEO for over 30 years before becoming board chair. Simons also serves as chairman of the Simons Foundation, a…