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Numbers that shape the world
The study of numbers has driven mathematics since antiquity. The constantly evolving field of arithmetic connects numbers and geometry, and is used in everyday applications, particularly in...
Understanding how a group of people splits
Surprising collective behaviour can be observed within human groups. A research team in southwestern France has focused on segregation, and on the information necessary to trigger it. This study...
When Numbers Fail Justice
However objective they may seem, the figures presented in legal cases are sometimes based on a misleading or ill-conceived use of mathematics. The mathematician Leila Schneps explains the phenomenon.
Modeling Epidemics: Back to School
Infectious diseases are today the second leading cause of death in the world, with new viruses constantly emerging (such as A/H1N1 influenza, MERS-CoV, Ebola, etc). To combat them more effectively,...
How Many Sexes Are There?
Are our Mineral Resources Truly Limited?
The forest of Fontainebleau is home to rock art treasures
Boosting space propulsion
Ruins tell the tale of human societies
Personalised breast reconstruction