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Sizing up patternless sets is hard, so mathematicians rely on simple bounds to help answer their questions.
Finding the best way to approximate the ever-elusive irrational numbers pits the infinitely large against the infinitely small.
No one knows how to find the smallest shape that can cover all other shapes of a certain width. But high school geometry is getting us closer to an answer.
A little high school geometry can help you understand the basic math behind movie recommendation engines.
A science fiction novelist and an internet commenter made breakthroughs on a longstanding problem about the number of ways you can arrange a set of items. What did they discover?
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