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Solution: ‘The Road Less Traveled’

September 25, 2015

The solution to this month’s puzzle uses both mathematics and psychology to explain trouble with choosing the fastest route.

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The Road Less Traveled

September 3, 2015

When there are two paths to your destination, why does it always seem like you’re on the road with more traffic?

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Solution: ‘The Slippery Eel of Probability’

August 14, 2015

The solution to this month’s puzzle examines the use of abstract probabilities as an antidote to real-world ignorance.

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The Slippery Eel of Probability

July 30, 2015

How do you solve probability problems that appear to have more than one correct answer?

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Solution: ‘Information From Randomness?’

July 22, 2015

The counterintuitive solution to this month’s puzzle raises philosophical questions about randomness and information.

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Can Information Rise From Randomness?

July 7, 2015

Quanta’s new puzzle column asks you to believe the seemingly impossible — that you can win at a number guessing game with absolutely no information.