The Conception Algorithm

How do you feel about someone pinpointing when you had sex?  Too personal?  Not an appropriate question for this blog?  Actually, it’s a very appropriate question when doctors are trying to pinpoint the fetal age of a baby.  Judgment of when a woman became pregnant can be inaccurate by as much as several weeks, and […]

Pathway to a Cure for Diabetes

“Scientific breakthroughs are often facilitated by mathematics.” – Richard Bertram, FSU Professor of Mathematics And mathematics is leading science on the path to finding a cure for diabetes.  At Florida State University, Richard Bertram created the models for reactivating the oscillations in insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells.  Then, he collaborated with Michael Roper, FSU Associate Professor […]

The Man Who Knew Infinity

I watched a movie yesterday and highly recommend it.  The Man Who Knew Infinity is based on the true story of the mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.  I don’t want to say too much for fear of giving it away, but the movie takes us through the development of Ramanujan’s mathematical career.  He was a brilliant, self-taught […]

DNA and Fractional Dimension

Japanese scientists recently made a breakthrough in the study of DNA movement through living cells.  They applied mathematical analysis and derived a formula that not only describes the DNA movement through living cells but may lead to other significant discoveries such as the revelation of the 3D architecture of the human genome.  You can read […]

The Mathematics of History

“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana Most of us have heard the above quote or some form of it, but I don’t know if it really motivated any of us when having to memorize dates or fill out maps.  But, perhaps something else will motivate us.  It […]

Talking Trees

Graph Theory is an area of mathematics that uses constructs called graphs to model many relations and processes found in real-world problems.  The graphs consist of vertices (points or nodes) connected by edges (segments or arcs or loops).  This area of mathematics has applications in computer science, biology, chemistry, linguistics, physics, chemistry, sociology, and more. […]

Prime Time

sieve:  a utensil with meshes or holes to separate finer particles from coarser ones or solids from liquids. – Merriam Webster Dictionary Every student who has completed grade school learned about prime numbers.  We learned what they are:  natural numbers greater than 1 with factors of only 1 and themselves.  We learned methods to find them. […]