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Sex, Math, and Magic (PHOTOS)

Amir Aczel | Posted 08.17.2013 | Science
Amir Aczel

It seems strange that in India erotic statues can be seen in temples -- and accompanied by math! What is the magic square doing here? Why place together erotic statues with a mathematical puzzle? And why put both of these in a temple? How does religion sit with sex and with math?

The Mystery of the Primes

Amir Aczel | Posted 08.10.2013 | Science
Amir Aczel

The primes have been known since early antiquity and fascinated the ancient Greeks, who marveled at their nature. What is interesting about prime numbers is that they become rarer as we progress through the integers.

Bizarre Brain Technique Shown To Boost Math Skills

| Posted 05.17.2013 | Science

By Emily Underwood If you are one of the 20% of healthy adults who struggle with basic arithmetic, simple tasks like splitting the dinner bill can...

Searching for the World's First Zero

Amir Aczel | Posted 07.15.2013 | Science
Amir Aczel

Mathematicians consider the invention (or discovery, depending on your point of view) of zero as one of the most important intellectual advances humans have ever made. Why?