Mesmerizing Fractals

Introduction Do you ever wonder what mathematicians study—and why? Most of what they do is complex and difficult to understand, but fractal art might give us a glimpse. Mathematicians study frac…

The Mathematics of Cake Cutting

Two young computer scientists have figured out how to fairly divide cake among any number of people, setting to rest a problem mathematicians have struggled with for decades. Their work has startled m…

What Does Half-Life Mean?

So, what is a half-life? What’s the math behind it? And what does it have to do with the amount of caffeine left in your body at the end of the day … and even with calculating the ages of …