Athanassios Fokas, a mathematician from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics of the University of Cambridge and visiting professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has announced a novel method suggesting a solution to one of the long-standing problems in the history of mathematics, the Lindelöf Hypothesis. Continue reading “Mathematician-M.D. introduces a new methodology suggesting a solution to one of the greatest open problems in the history of mathematics”

# Shocks to the Brain Improve Mathematical Abilities

The ‘three Rs’ of reading, writing and arithmetic could become four. Random electrical stimulation, a technique that applies a gentle current through the skull, leads to a long-lasting boost in the speed of mental calculations, a small laboratory study of university students has found. Continue reading “Shocks to the Brain Improve Mathematical Abilities”

# How Does a Mathematician’s Brain Differ from That of a Mere Mortal?

Alan Turing, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, John Nash—these “beautiful” minds never fail to enchant the public, but they also remain somewhat elusive. How do some people progress from being able to perform basic arithmetic to grasping advanced mathematical concepts and thinking at levels of abstraction that baffle the rest of the population? Neuroscience has now begun to pin down whether the brain of a math wiz somehow takes conceptual thinking to another level. Continue reading “How Does a Mathematician’s Brain Differ from That of a Mere Mortal?”

# The inventions and technology of the ancient Greeks

We present here the ‘**Introduction**‘ from the corresponding educational booklet created by the vey interesting web-site http://www.anticopedie.fr Continue reading “The inventions and technology of the ancient Greeks”

# Relationship between mental computation and mathematical reasoning

Here we present the ‘**Abstract**‘ of the corresponding paper by Ramazan Gürbüz & Emrullah Erdem | Bronwyn Frances Ewing (Reviewing Editor). Continue reading “Relationship between mental computation and mathematical reasoning”

# Maths builds brain muscles

And activates hemispheres Playstations cannot reach, says Tim Radford

Forget Lara Croft. Think long division. Mental arithmetic bulks up brain muscle far more than any quick-fingered exercise on a PlayStation, according to a Japanese professor. The conclusion: thinking maths takes the brain to places no other activity can reach. Continue reading “Maths builds brain muscles”