# The Best Articles in *Math*

The most useful articles and videos in Math from around the web, curated by thought leaders and our community.

Refind focuses on timeless pieces and updates the list whenever new, must-read articles or videos are discovered.

## Top 5 Math Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Math by Refind users in 2024 so far.

## Videos

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### A world from a sheet of paper

Starting from just a sheet of paper, by folding, stacking, crumpling, sometimes tearing, Tadashi will explore a diversity of phenomena, from magic tricks and...

### Space filling curves filling with water

Get an exclusive Surfshark deal: enter promo code STEVEMOULD for an extra 3 months free at https://surfshark.deals/stevemould*literallySpace filling curves a...

### 4,844 People Agree With Me, 574 Disagree

For decades, the Sleeping Beauty Problem has divided people between two answers. Head to https://brilliant.org/veritasium to start your free 30-day trial, an...

### The Prime Number Race (with 3Blue1Brown)

Grant Sanderson discusses a race between two types of prime numbers - and an unexpected result.More links & stuff in full description below ↓↓↓See all three ...

## What is ...?

New to Math? These articles make an excellent introduction.

### What Is a Particle?

It has been thought of as many things: a pointlike object, an excitation of a field, a speck of pure math that has cut into reality. But never has physicists’ conception of a particle changed more…

### What is a square?

If a shape has equal sides with 90 degree angles between them then it's a square, right? Well, not quite...

### What is it to be Bayesian? The (pretty simple) math modelling behind a Big Data buzzword

If you’ve ever tripped up over the term ‘Bayesian’ while reading up on data or tech, fear not. Strip away the jargon and notation, and even the mathematics-averse can make sense of the simple yet…

## How to ...?

### How to break a theory

When a theory breaks, you learn how to build it better.

«ASK WEIRD QUESTIONS Einstein had a wild imagination. He asked himself questions like: What would he feel if he rode an elevator through outer space? What would he see if he chased a beam of light?»

### How to Win at Wordle (Without Cheating)

Solve these puzzle questions to level up your Wordle game.

## Trending

These links are currently making the rounds in Math on Refind.

### Mathematicians finally solved Feynman’s “reverse sprinkler” problem

We might not need to "unwater" our lawns, but results could help control fluid flows.

### The New CSS Math: pow(), sqrt(), and exponential friends

New math constants and functions are coming to CSS... now with more powers and roots

### Mathematicians Identify the Best Versions of Iconic Shapes

Researchers are discovering the shortest knots and fattest Möbius strips, among other “optimal shapes.”

### From Tic-Tac-Toe to Monopoly, a mathematician reveals the design secret of great games

The author of ‘Around the World in Eighty Games’ notes that games offer a kind of safe space to explore our universe.

### Google DeepMind’s AI system solves geometry problems like a math Olympian

Google DeepMind researchers have created an AI system called AlphaGeometry that can solve complex high school geometry problems as well as the average International Mathematical Olympiad gold…

## Short Articles

Short on time? Check out these useful short articles in Math—all under 10 minutes.

### Why Randomness Doesn't Feel Random

Most of us tend to think of randomness as being “well spaced." Genuinely random distributions seem to contradict our inherent ideas of what randomness should look like.

### How Gödel’s Proof Works

His incompleteness theorems destroyed the search for a mathematical theory of everything. Nearly a century later, we’re still coming to grips with the consequences.

### The Astonishing Behavior of Recursive Sequences

Some strange mathematical sequences are always whole numbers — until they’re not. The puzzling patterns have revealed ties to graph theory and prime numbers, awing mathematicians.

### The (Often) Overlooked Experiment That Revealed the Quantum World

A century ago, the Stern-Gerlach experiment established the truth of quantum mechanics. Now it’s being used to probe the clash of quantum theory and gravity.

### A Ball of Brain Cells on a Chip Can Learn Simple Speech Recognition and Math

Just a first step, Brainoware paves the way for increasingly sophisticated hybrid biocomputers that could lower energy costs and speed up computation.

## Long Articles

These are some of the most-read long-form articles in Math.

### The mathematically correct way to tie your shoes

One of the major milestones of our early childhoods comes when we learn, for the first time, how to successfully tie our own shoes. As most of us learned, there are three key steps to making that…

### The Theorist Who Sees Math in Art, Music and Writing

The links between math, music and art have been explored for thousands of years. Sarah Hart is now turning a mathematical eye to literature.

### Why Mathematical Proof Is a Social Compact

Number theorist Andrew Granville on what mathematics really is — and why objectivity is never quite within reach.

### Complexity Theory’s 50-Year Journey to the Limits of Knowledge

How hard is it to prove that problems are hard to solve? Meta-complexity theorists have been asking questions like this for decades. A string of recent results has started to deliver answers.

### The Two-Century Quest to Quantify Our Senses

The quantification of bodies, senses, and experience did not begin with surveillance capitalism but can be traced back to mathematical and statistical techniques of the 19th century.

«Emerging experimental psychology laboratories wanted to create a new kind of human being: quantifiable, calculable, and predictable.»

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