17July2019

Famed Magnetic Boy Is Probably Just Very Sticky

A 7-year-old Serbian boy named Bogdan is attracting media attention for his apparent ability to attract other things, such as silverware, remote controls, plates and even a large frying pan. The objects seem to miraculously stick to the boy’s [...]

God did not create the universe, says Hawking

God did not create the universe and the “Big Bang” was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book. There is no place for God in theories on the [...]

The Strangest Little Things in Nature

When small cannot get any smaller, you enter the quantum world of quarks, photons, and space-time foam. You’re welcome to take a look at this indivisible side of nature, but just remember to leave your common sense at the door. People [...]

Changing times: More women go abroad to work

More Indian women are leaving home turf for professional, rather than personal reasons. Deepa Gupta, 22, a mathematics graduate from Ludhiana, thought it a great opportunity to go to a postgraduate course in Michigan University. Two years [...]

Genius of Britain: Series

Britain may only be a small island, but its great scientists and inventors have literally created the modern world: from the invention of the steam engine, computers and the world-wide web to the discovery of the theory of evolution and the [...]

Homeschooled 14-yr-old tops Delhi IIT entrance

He addresses a barrage of questions with monosyllabic answers. Sahal Kaushik is a 14-year-old of few words. Answering the flood of questions by a battery of journalists, he “fails to see what the big deal is”. But the journalists do. Sahal, [...]

Hat trick for Bihar’s Super 30

All 30 students of Super 30, a free coaching centre in Bihar, have cracked the highly competitive Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) for the third consecutive year, the institute announced on Wednesday. “We [...]

Martin Gardner Remembered October 21st 1914 – May 22nd 2010

Martin Gardner: Rest in peace, good old man. Martin Gardner Remembered October 21st 1914 – May 22nd 2010 Martin Gardner, who celebrated his 95th birthday last October has passed away yesterday. Even though he never took a math class [...]

No ‘Simple Theory of Everything’ Inside the Enigmatic E8

The “exceptionally simple theory of everything,” proposed by a surfing physicist in 2007, does not hold water, says Emory mathematician Skip Garibaldi. Garibaldi, a rock climber in his spare time, did the math to disprove the [...]

New Teaching Tools Aid Visually Impaired Students in Learning Math

Mastering mathematics can be daunting for many children, but researchers have found that children with visual impairments face disproportionate challenges learning math, and by the time they reach the college level, they are significantly [...]