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Million-dollar math problems

In 2000, the Clay Mathematics Institute noted seven fundamental math problems that were still unsolved at that time (the Millenium Problems). If a proof for one of these problems could be given, the researcher would be awarded a million (US) dollars.Easy money right?! A bit...

Mathematician John Forbes Nash knew how to get the right girl.
How to use mathematics for love

If you walk into our Faculty of Science as an outsider (a non-geek) you might think that everyone in the library is all about studying and that their heads are only full of formulas and numbers. But we geeks know better. Just like other young...

Does smoking marijuana kill bees? – spurious correlations in statistics

Hooray, it’s World Statistics Day! Statistics is one of your favourite subjects, right..? Nah, just kidding. Statistics are boring, nevertheless very important. And often very misleading!Spurious correlations: correlation does not equal causation When 2 variables show a correlation without there being any causal connection, we call...

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