Pradeep Mutalik

Puzzle Columnist

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Solution: ‘Triangulation and Motion Sickness’

January 30, 2018

A method for estimating distances in sailing and astrophysics helps explain why riding on buses and boats can make us nauseous.

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How Triangulation Leads to Knowledge

January 4, 2018

What does measuring distances in sailing and astrophysics have to with motion sickness?

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Quanta’s Science and Math Crossword Puzzle

December 22, 2017

This holiday season, catch up on science and math news while solving our year-end crossword.

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Solution: ‘Triumph or Cooperation in Game Theory and Evolution’

December 8, 2017

How well does the Nash equilibrium concept from game theory map to the real world?

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How to Triumph and Cooperate in Game Theory and Evolution

November 9, 2017

In applying game theory to biology and human behavior, have scientists focused too much on competition over cooperation?

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Solution: ‘How to Win at Deep Learning’

November 3, 2017

When equipped with hidden layers, deep neural networks can accomplish nonlinear feats that are difficult even with sophisticated mathematics.

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How to Win at Deep Learning

October 9, 2017

What happens when you increase the number of layers in an artificial neural network?

Selfish DNA
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Solution: ‘Are Genes Selfish or Cooperative?’

September 29, 2017

Puzzle solvers rediscovered a simple mathematical result of Mendelian genetics and weighed in on a Richard Dawkins metaphor.

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Are Genes Selfish or Cooperative?

September 14, 2017

Can you discover a simple mathematical result of Mendelian genetics that describes how genes interact with each other?