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Computing Hunger worldwide: the Global Hunger Index (GHI) Computing Hunger worldwide: the Global Hunger Index (GHI)

By Estève Giraud |

The Global Hunger Index was first published in 2006 by the International Food Policy Research Institute and the NGO Welthungerhilfe. In 2007, Concern worldwide joined them. Since then, the Index reports every year the evolution of the hunger situation worldwide and focus on a given topic. How is it calculated? And what is hunger? How are we connected ? What can be done? To learn more, read the article below.

By Estève Giraud |

**Updated:**2015-12 |**Views**: 443The Global Hunger Index was first published in 2006 by the International Food Policy Research Institute and the NGO Welthungerhilfe. In 2007, Concern worldwide joined them. Since then, the Index reports every year the evolution of the hunger situation worldwide and focus on a given topic. How is it calculated? And what is hunger? How are we connected ? What can be done? To learn more, read the article below.

Advanced Game Theory Overview Advanced Game Theory Overview

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

This article gives an overview of recent developments in game theory, including evolutionary game theory, extensive form games, mechanism design, bayesian games and mean field games.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Prerequisites:**Game Theory and the Nash Equilibrium |**Views**: 4124This article gives an overview of recent developments in game theory, including evolutionary game theory, extensive form games, mechanism design, bayesian games and mean field games.

Dynamics, Chaos, Fractals (pt 2) Dynamics, Chaos, Fractals (pt 2)

By Scott McKinney |

Dynamical systems such as a system of 3 planetary bodies can exhibit surprisingly complicated behavior. If the initial state of the system is slightly varied, the resulting system behaves in a radically different manner. This “sensitivity to initial conditions” is a key element of what’s become (perhaps disproportionately) well-known as chaos. Using the mathematical notion of iterative systems, we can model such systems and understand how chaos arises out of deceptively simple foundations.

By Scott McKinney |

**Updated:**2015-12 |**Views**: 1162Dynamical systems such as a system of 3 planetary bodies can exhibit surprisingly complicated behavior. If the initial state of the system is slightly varied, the resulting system behaves in a radically different manner. This “sensitivity to initial conditions” is a key element of what’s become (perhaps disproportionately) well-known as chaos. Using the mathematical notion of iterative systems, we can model such systems and understand how chaos arises out of deceptively simple foundations.

The Tortuous Geometry of the Flat Torus The Tortuous Geometry of the Flat Torus

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Take a square sheet of paper. Can you glue opposite sides without ever folding the paper? This is a conundrum that many of the greatest modern mathematicians, like Gauss, Riemann, and Mandelbrot, couldn’t figure out. While John Nash did answer yes, he couldn’t say how. After 160 years of research, Vincent Borrelli and his collaborators have finally provided a revolutionary and breathtaking example of a bending of a square sheet of paper! And it is spectacularly beautiful!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2015-12 |**Views**: 8993Take a square sheet of paper. Can you glue opposite sides without ever folding the paper? This is a conundrum that many of the greatest modern mathematicians, like Gauss, Riemann, and Mandelbrot, couldn’t figure out. While John Nash did answer yes, he couldn’t say how. After 160 years of research, Vincent Borrelli and his collaborators have finally provided a revolutionary and breathtaking example of a bending of a square sheet of paper! And it is spectacularly beautiful!

The Magic of Analysis The Magic of Analysis

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

This article retraces the endless pursuit of the infinite that is at the basis of mathematical analysis. From the first approximations of pi to the shape of our limitless universe, from the essential usefulness of differential equations to the troubles with infinite sums, we present the great ideas of mathematical geniuses all along History.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 1315This article retraces the endless pursuit of the infinite that is at the basis of mathematical analysis. From the first approximations of pi to the shape of our limitless universe, from the essential usefulness of differential equations to the troubles with infinite sums, we present the great ideas of mathematical geniuses all along History.

Numbers and Constructibility Numbers and Constructibility

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Last summer, I got to discover Morellet’s artwork on inclined grids. Amazingly, this artwork is a display of the irrationality of $\sqrt{2}$! It’s also a strong argument for the existence of this number. In this article, after discussing that, I take readers further by discussing what numbers can be constructed geometrically, algebraically, analytically or set theoretically using the power of mathematics!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 4175Last summer, I got to discover Morellet’s artwork on inclined grids. Amazingly, this artwork is a display of the irrationality of $\sqrt{2}$! It’s also a strong argument for the existence of this number. In this article, after discussing that, I take readers further by discussing what numbers can be constructed geometrically, algebraically, analytically or set theoretically using the power of mathematics!

Marriage Assignment Problem and Variants Marriage Assignment Problem and Variants

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Marriage problems consist in matching boys and girls. They are a very interesting class of problems that include assignment problems, which have a very large range of applications. Additional results have been found for variants which include the introduction of boys and girls’ preferences, and cases where people cannot be categorized into two groups.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 3961Marriage problems consist in matching boys and girls. They are a very interesting class of problems that include assignment problems, which have a very large range of applications. Additional results have been found for variants which include the introduction of boys and girls’ preferences, and cases where people cannot be categorized into two groups.

The Revolutionary Galois Theory The Revolutionary Galois Theory

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

In 1832, Évariste Galois died. He was 20. The night before his death, he wrote a legendary letter to his friend, in which he claims to have found a mathematical treasure! Sadly, this treasure had long been buried in total indifference! It took nearly a century to rediscover it! Since then, Galois’ legacy has become some of the finest pure mathematics, which represents a hugely active field of research today with crucial applications to cryptography. Galois’ work is now known as Galois theory. In essence, it unveils the hidden symmetries of numbers!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Prerequisites:**Linear Algebra and Higher Dimensions, Imaginary and Complex Numbers, Symmetries and Group Theory |**Views**: 11253In 1832, Évariste Galois died. He was 20. The night before his death, he wrote a legendary letter to his friend, in which he claims to have found a mathematical treasure! Sadly, this treasure had long been buried in total indifference! It took nearly a century to rediscover it! Since then, Galois’ legacy has become some of the finest pure mathematics, which represents a hugely active field of research today with crucial applications to cryptography. Galois’ work is now known as Galois theory. In essence, it unveils the hidden symmetries of numbers!

The Magic of Algebra The Magic of Algebra

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

The power of algebra lies in abstraction, and abstraction is basically forgetting. By retracing the History of algebra from its roots to more recent advancements, this article unveils the numerous breakthrough in our understanding of the world, by abusing of the power of forgetting.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 2320The power of algebra lies in abstraction, and abstraction is basically forgetting. By retracing the History of algebra from its roots to more recent advancements, this article unveils the numerous breakthrough in our understanding of the world, by abusing of the power of forgetting.

From Divide and Conquer to Parallelization From Divide and Conquer to Parallelization

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Divide and conquer is a extremely powerful concept that is being used a lot in computer science, and that can also be applied in real life. We present its application to sorting algorithms. Then we’ll talk about a major fundamental open mathematical problem, called P=NC.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2015-12 |**Views**: 1352Divide and conquer is a extremely powerful concept that is being used a lot in computer science, and that can also be applied in real life. We present its application to sorting algorithms. Then we’ll talk about a major fundamental open mathematical problem, called P=NC.

The Secretary/Toilet Problem and Online Optimization The Secretary/Toilet Problem and Online Optimization

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

A large chunk of applied mathematics has focused on optimizing something with respect to all relevant data. However, in practice, especially in the online world, the data is not available to us, and, yet, we’re still expected to make nearly optimal decisions. This problem is exemplified by the famous secretary problem, where a manager needs to decide to hire candidates right after interviews, even though he has not yet met all the candidates. In this article, we review this classic as well as many very recent developments.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2015-12 |**Views**: 1998A large chunk of applied mathematics has focused on optimizing something with respect to all relevant data. However, in practice, especially in the online world, the data is not available to us, and, yet, we’re still expected to make nearly optimal decisions. This problem is exemplified by the famous secretary problem, where a manager needs to decide to hire candidates right after interviews, even though he has not yet met all the candidates. In this article, we review this classic as well as many very recent developments.

Conditional Probabilities: Know what you Learn Conditional Probabilities: Know what you Learn

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Suppose a man has two children, one of them being a boy. What’s the probability of the other one being a boy too? This complex question has intrigued thinkers for long until mathematics eventually provided a great framework to better understanding of what’s known as conditional probabilities. In this article, we present the ideas through the two-children problem and other fun examples.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 3126Suppose a man has two children, one of them being a boy. What’s the probability of the other one being a boy too? This complex question has intrigued thinkers for long until mathematics eventually provided a great framework to better understanding of what’s known as conditional probabilities. In this article, we present the ideas through the two-children problem and other fun examples.

The Frontier of Cold: The Quest for Absolute Zero The Frontier of Cold: The Quest for Absolute Zero

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

While mountaineers aim at tops of mountains, some scientists have sought the bottom of temperature scale with frequent surprising wonders at different scales. This article takes you through these scientists’ journey!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 1733While mountaineers aim at tops of mountains, some scientists have sought the bottom of temperature scale with frequent surprising wonders at different scales. This article takes you through these scientists’ journey!

The Essence of Quantum Mechanics The Essence of Quantum Mechanics

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Quantum mechanics is the most accurate and tested scientific theory, Its applications to real life are countless, as all new technologies are based on its principles. Yet, it’s also probably the most misunderstood theory, because it constantly contradicts common sense. This article presents the most important features of the theory.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 7259Quantum mechanics is the most accurate and tested scientific theory, Its applications to real life are countless, as all new technologies are based on its principles. Yet, it’s also probably the most misunderstood theory, because it constantly contradicts common sense. This article presents the most important features of the theory.

The Biology Civil War Opposing Kin to Group Selection The Biology Civil War Opposing Kin to Group Selection

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

In 2010, a controversial article published in Nature violently criticized the last 40 years of developments in evolutionary biology, triggering an ongoing war within the scientific community. This article explains the essence of the controversy!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2015-12 |**Views**: 2305In 2010, a controversial article published in Nature violently criticized the last 40 years of developments in evolutionary biology, triggering an ongoing war within the scientific community. This article explains the essence of the controversy!

The Massive Puzzles of Gravity The Massive Puzzles of Gravity

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

This article follows the footsteps of the giants of physics that have moulded our current understanding of gravity. It is a series of brilliant inspirations, usually accompanied by deceiving misconceptions. After all, even today, gravity is still a slippery concept.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 2419This article follows the footsteps of the giants of physics that have moulded our current understanding of gravity. It is a series of brilliant inspirations, usually accompanied by deceiving misconceptions. After all, even today, gravity is still a slippery concept.

Homotopy Type Theory and Higher Inductive Types Homotopy Type Theory and Higher Inductive Types

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

In this article, we explore the possibilities allowed by higher inductive types. They enable a much more intuitive formalization of integers and new mind-blowing definitions of the (homotopical) circle and sphere.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2015-12 |**Views**: 1679In this article, we explore the possibilities allowed by higher inductive types. They enable a much more intuitive formalization of integers and new mind-blowing definitions of the (homotopical) circle and sphere.

Symmetries and Group Theory Symmetries and Group Theory

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Beauty is extremely hard to define. Yet, physicists and artists seem to agree on an important feature of beauty, created by mathematicians: Symmetries. This article aims at introducing the beauty and the concepts on symmetries, from the basic geometrical symmetries to the more abstract fundamental automorphisms.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 1809Beauty is extremely hard to define. Yet, physicists and artists seem to agree on an important feature of beauty, created by mathematicians: Symmetries. This article aims at introducing the beauty and the concepts on symmetries, from the basic geometrical symmetries to the more abstract fundamental automorphisms.

Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

The second law of thermodynamics is my favorite law in physics, mainly because of the troubling puzzles it raises! Indeed, what your professors may have forgotten to tell you is that this law connects today’s world to its first instant, the Big Bang! Find out why!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-01 |**Views**: 18904The second law of thermodynamics is my favorite law in physics, mainly because of the troubling puzzles it raises! Indeed, what your professors may have forgotten to tell you is that this law connects today’s world to its first instant, the Big Bang! Find out why!

Self-Reference, Math Foundations and Gödel’s Incompleteness Self-Reference, Math Foundations and Gödel’s Incompleteness

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Although highly appreciated by artists, self-reference has been a nightmare for mathematicians. It took one of the greatest, Kurt Gödel, to provide a better understanding of it. This article deals with paradoxes, recursion, fractals and Gödel’s incompleteness theorems.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 3003Although highly appreciated by artists, self-reference has been a nightmare for mathematicians. It took one of the greatest, Kurt Gödel, to provide a better understanding of it. This article deals with paradoxes, recursion, fractals and Gödel’s incompleteness theorems.

The Beauty of Ellipses, Parabolas and Hyperbolas The Beauty of Ellipses, Parabolas and Hyperbolas

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

The conic sections, that is, ellipses, parabolas and hyperbolas, are too often presented analytically. Yet, their amazing beauty is actually their spectacular geometry, as well as their omnipresence! This article presents plenty of illustrative descriptions of their uncountable applications!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-01 |**Views**: 23538The conic sections, that is, ellipses, parabolas and hyperbolas, are too often presented analytically. Yet, their amazing beauty is actually their spectacular geometry, as well as their omnipresence! This article presents plenty of illustrative descriptions of their uncountable applications!

Hypothesis Test with Statistics: Get it Right! Hypothesis Test with Statistics: Get it Right!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Statistician Johnson recently claimed that up to 25% of published scientific experimental results were just wrong! To see why, let’s get to the bottom of the scientific method! And it’s probably more complicated than you think. In this article, we apply it rigorously to “prove” $\pi=3$. This will highlight the actually mechanism of the scientific method, its limits, and how much messages of experiments are often deformed!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 3516Statistician Johnson recently claimed that up to 25% of published scientific experimental results were just wrong! To see why, let’s get to the bottom of the scientific method! And it’s probably more complicated than you think. In this article, we apply it rigorously to “prove” $\pi=3$. This will highlight the actually mechanism of the scientific method, its limits, and how much messages of experiments are often deformed!

Geological Wonders of Iceland Geological Wonders of Iceland

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Iceland is at an amazingly active volcanic location, yielding extreme geological phenomenons. Iceland is therefore a giant laboratory for geologists. It’s also an awesome place for visitors, especially hikers. This article introduces some of Iceland’s wonders.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 1285Iceland is at an amazingly active volcanic location, yielding extreme geological phenomenons. Iceland is therefore a giant laboratory for geologists. It’s also an awesome place for visitors, especially hikers. This article introduces some of Iceland’s wonders.

Dynamics, Chaos, Fractals (pt 1) Dynamics, Chaos, Fractals (pt 1)

By Scott McKinney |

The study of dynamical systems, natural or abstract systems that evolve at each instance in time according to a specific rule, is an active and fruitful area of research in mathematics. Its study has yielded insights into the nature of social networks such as Facebook, the spread of diseases such as influenza, and the behavior of the financial markets. In this series of posts, we’ll look in depth at dynamical systems, as well as at the related subjects of chaos theory and fractals, all of which are both interesting and useful for understanding our world.

By Scott McKinney |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 2727The study of dynamical systems, natural or abstract systems that evolve at each instance in time according to a specific rule, is an active and fruitful area of research in mathematics. Its study has yielded insights into the nature of social networks such as Facebook, the spread of diseases such as influenza, and the behavior of the financial markets. In this series of posts, we’ll look in depth at dynamical systems, as well as at the related subjects of chaos theory and fractals, all of which are both interesting and useful for understanding our world.

Colours and Dimensions Colours and Dimensions

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

You’ve probably learned early on that there are three primary colours. But why three? And why these three? Surprisingly, the answer lies in the beautiful mathematics of linear algebra and (high) dimension spaces!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2015-12 |**Views**: 1529You’ve probably learned early on that there are three primary colours. But why three? And why these three? Surprisingly, the answer lies in the beautiful mathematics of linear algebra and (high) dimension spaces!

Game Theory and the Nash Equilibrium Game Theory and the Nash Equilibrium

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

In the movie “A Beautiful Mind”, the character is John Nash. He is one of the founders of a large and important field of applied mathematics called game theory. Game Theory is the study of human interactions. Its fallouts in economy, politics or biology are countless. This article gives you an introduction to the concepts of this amazing way of thinking.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-01 |**Views**: 8582In the movie “A Beautiful Mind”, the character is John Nash. He is one of the founders of a large and important field of applied mathematics called game theory. Game Theory is the study of human interactions. Its fallouts in economy, politics or biology are countless. This article gives you an introduction to the concepts of this amazing way of thinking.

Univalent Foundations of Mathematics Univalent Foundations of Mathematics

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

In an effort to make mathematics more computable, a consortium of today’s greatest mathematicians have laid out new foundations. Amazingly, they all lie upon one single axiom, called univalence. The goal of this axiom is to make formal mathematics more similar to informal mathematics. With univalence, our Arabic numbers aren’t just like natural numbers; They are natural numbers. Univalence also has unforeseen and mesmerizing consequences.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2015-12 |**Prerequisites:**Type Theory: A Modern Computable Paradigm for Math, Homotopy Type Theory and Higher Inductive Types |**Views**: 2087In an effort to make mathematics more computable, a consortium of today’s greatest mathematicians have laid out new foundations. Amazingly, they all lie upon one single axiom, called univalence. The goal of this axiom is to make formal mathematics more similar to informal mathematics. With univalence, our Arabic numbers aren’t just like natural numbers; They are natural numbers. Univalence also has unforeseen and mesmerizing consequences.

Spacetime of General Relativity Spacetime of General Relativity

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Most popular science explanations of the theory of general relativity are very nice-looking. But they are also deeply misleading. This article presents you a more accurate picture of the spacetime envisioned by Albert Einstein.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-01 |**Views**: 9472Most popular science explanations of the theory of general relativity are very nice-looking. But they are also deeply misleading. This article presents you a more accurate picture of the spacetime envisioned by Albert Einstein.

Dynamics of the Wave Function: Heisenberg, Schrödinger, Collapse Dynamics of the Wave Function: Heisenberg, Schrödinger, Collapse

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

On one hand, the dynamics of the wave function can follow Schrödinger equation and satisfy simple properties like Heisenberg uncertainty principle. But on the other hand, it can be probabilistic. This doesn’t mean that it’s totally unpredictable, since the unpredictability is amazingly predictable. Find out how these two dynamics work!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Prerequisites:**The Essence of Quantum Mechanics, Imaginary and Complex Numbers, Linear Algebra and Higher Dimensions |**Views**: 4850On one hand, the dynamics of the wave function can follow Schrödinger equation and satisfy simple properties like Heisenberg uncertainty principle. But on the other hand, it can be probabilistic. This doesn’t mean that it’s totally unpredictable, since the unpredictability is amazingly predictable. Find out how these two dynamics work!

HDI: a measure of human capabilities HDI: a measure of human capabilities

By Estève Giraud |

By Estève Giraud |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 4065The Addictive Mathematics of the 2048 Tile Game The Addictive Mathematics of the 2048 Tile Game

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

2048 is the Internet sensation of the year. This very addictive game has been downloaded hundred of millions of times. Interestingly, this game raises plenty of intriguing mathematical questions. This article unveils some of them!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-01 |**Views**: 96092048 is the Internet sensation of the year. This very addictive game has been downloaded hundred of millions of times. Interestingly, this game raises plenty of intriguing mathematical questions. This article unveils some of them!

Shannon’s Information Theory Shannon’s Information Theory

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Claude Shannon may be considered one of the most influential person of the 20th Century, as he laid out the foundation of the revolutionary information theory. Yet, unfortunately, he is virtually unknown to the public. This article is a tribute to him. And the best way I’ve found is to explain some of the brilliant ideas he had.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-01 |**Views**: 17356Claude Shannon may be considered one of the most influential person of the 20th Century, as he laid out the foundation of the revolutionary information theory. Yet, unfortunately, he is virtually unknown to the public. This article is a tribute to him. And the best way I’ve found is to explain some of the brilliant ideas he had.

The Limitless Vertigo of Cantor’s Infinite The Limitless Vertigo of Cantor’s Infinite

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

No one believed him. Not even fellow mathematicians. They thought he was wrong. They thought he was crazy. Even he ended up doubting himself and went crazy. And yet, he had mathematically proved it all. Georg Cantor had figured out how to manipulate the infinite. Even more remarkable, he showed that there were actually several infinities; and some are bigger than others!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2015-12 |**Views**: 1845No one believed him. Not even fellow mathematicians. They thought he was wrong. They thought he was crazy. Even he ended up doubting himself and went crazy. And yet, he had mathematically proved it all. Georg Cantor had figured out how to manipulate the infinite. Even more remarkable, he showed that there were actually several infinities; and some are bigger than others!

Duality in Linear Programming Duality in Linear Programming

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Duality in linear programming yields plenty of amazing results that help understand and improve algorithms of resolution. This article shows the construction of the dual and its interpretation, as well as major results. In particular, matching of primal and dual bases will be dealt, before presenting the issue of degeneracy and its dual interpretation.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-01 |**Prerequisites:**Optimization by Linear Programming, Linear Algebra and Higher Dimensions |**Views**: 12052Duality in linear programming yields plenty of amazing results that help understand and improve algorithms of resolution. This article shows the construction of the dual and its interpretation, as well as major results. In particular, matching of primal and dual bases will be dealt, before presenting the issue of degeneracy and its dual interpretation.

Dual Variable Stabilization Dual Variable Stabilization

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Simplex methods face issues in case of degeneracy. The dual variable stabilization is a very recent state-of-the-art way to deal with degeneracy. An intuitive understanding is given in this article.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Prerequisites:**Optimization by Linear Programming, Duality in Linear Programming, Primal and Dual Simplex Methods |**Views**: 456Simplex methods face issues in case of degeneracy. The dual variable stabilization is a very recent state-of-the-art way to deal with degeneracy. An intuitive understanding is given in this article.

The Thrilling Physics of Resonance The Thrilling Physics of Resonance

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

From the destruction of bridges and buildings to the foundations of electromagnetism and quantum mechanics, through their uses by radios or our ears,resonance is a counter-intuitive underlying phenomenon which shapes our reality. But amazingly, they can be made amazingly visual by playing with head massagers!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-01 |**Views**: 9929From the destruction of bridges and buildings to the foundations of electromagnetism and quantum mechanics, through their uses by radios or our ears,resonance is a counter-intuitive underlying phenomenon which shapes our reality. But amazingly, they can be made amazingly visual by playing with head massagers!

A Mathematical Guide to Selling A Mathematical Guide to Selling

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

How to best sell a good? Should we auction it like in movies? Since the 1960s, economists have addressed this question mathematically and found surprising results. Most notably, in 1981, Nobel prize winner Roger Myerson proved that most auctions you could think of would win you just as much as any basic auction, but that, as well, you could do better using his approach. Since, today, billions of dollars are at play in online auctions, you can imagine how hot a topic it has now become!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2015-12 |**Views**: 2353How to best sell a good? Should we auction it like in movies? Since the 1960s, economists have addressed this question mathematically and found surprising results. Most notably, in 1981, Nobel prize winner Roger Myerson proved that most auctions you could think of would win you just as much as any basic auction, but that, as well, you could do better using his approach. Since, today, billions of dollars are at play in online auctions, you can imagine how hot a topic it has now become!

Colors: It’s not just about Wavelengths! Colors: It’s not just about Wavelengths!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Colours… What are they really? Are there the same for all of us? And for other animals? How does color addition or subtraction work? How do they work on computers? And on printers? The mysterious (but not dark) world of colors is actually very colourful!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 2524Colours… What are they really? Are there the same for all of us? And for other animals? How does color addition or subtraction work? How do they work on computers? And on printers? The mysterious (but not dark) world of colors is actually very colourful!

Cryptography and Quantum Physics Cryptography and Quantum Physics

By Scott McKinney |

Recent discoveries in the branch of physics known as quantum mechanics have powerful applications in the field of network security – they have the potential to break forms of internet security based on mathematics such as the RSA algorithm, and also present new ways to safely send information. In this article we’ll see how a physics-based method can be used to secure online information.

By Scott McKinney |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 1642Recent discoveries in the branch of physics known as quantum mechanics have powerful applications in the field of network security – they have the potential to break forms of internet security based on mathematics such as the RSA algorithm, and also present new ways to safely send information. In this article we’ll see how a physics-based method can be used to secure online information.

The New Big Fish Called Mean-Field Game Theory The New Big Fish Called Mean-Field Game Theory

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

In recent years, at the interface of game theory, control theory and statistical mechanics, a new baby of applied mathematics was given birth. Now named mean-field game theory, this new model represents a new active field of research with a huge range of applications! This is mathematics in the making!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-01 |**Views**: 7141In recent years, at the interface of game theory, control theory and statistical mechanics, a new baby of applied mathematics was given birth. Now named mean-field game theory, this new model represents a new active field of research with a huge range of applications! This is mathematics in the making!

Euclidean Geometry and Navigation Euclidean Geometry and Navigation

By Scott McKinney |

This is the first of a series of three posts. In this post we’ll see how the Greeks developed a system of geometry – literally “Earth measure” – to assist with planetary navigation. We then will see why their assumption that the Earth is flat means that Euclidean geometry is insufficient for studying the Earth. The Earth’s spherical surface looks flat from our perspective, but is actually qualitatively different from a flat surface. In the ensuing posts, we’ll see why this implies that it is impossible to make a perfectly accurate map of the Earth, and build on this idea to get a glimpse into Einstein’s revolutionary theories regarding the geometry of the space-time universe.

By Scott McKinney |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 2381This is the first of a series of three posts. In this post we’ll see how the Greeks developed a system of geometry – literally “Earth measure” – to assist with planetary navigation. We then will see why their assumption that the Earth is flat means that Euclidean geometry is insufficient for studying the Earth. The Earth’s spherical surface looks flat from our perspective, but is actually qualitatively different from a flat surface. In the ensuing posts, we’ll see why this implies that it is impossible to make a perfectly accurate map of the Earth, and build on this idea to get a glimpse into Einstein’s revolutionary theories regarding the geometry of the space-time universe.

The Unlikely Correctness of Newton’s Laws The Unlikely Correctness of Newton’s Laws

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Do moving objects exhaust? Does the Moon accelerate? How strong is the gravity pull of the Moon on the Earth compared to that of the Earth on the Moon? While we’ve all learned Newton’s laws of motion, many of us would get several answers of these questions wrong. That’s not so surprising, as Newton’s laws are deeply counter-intuitive. By stressing their weirdness with Veritasium videos, this article dives into a deep understanding of classical mechanics.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 2973Do moving objects exhaust? Does the Moon accelerate? How strong is the gravity pull of the Moon on the Earth compared to that of the Earth on the Moon? While we’ve all learned Newton’s laws of motion, many of us would get several answers of these questions wrong. That’s not so surprising, as Newton’s laws are deeply counter-intuitive. By stressing their weirdness with Veritasium videos, this article dives into a deep understanding of classical mechanics.

Beauty, the Driving Force of our Quest for Truth Beauty, the Driving Force of our Quest for Truth

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According to Matthew Colless, the most important aspect of science is beauty. Not only is it what inspires scientists and their quests, I’d even claim that it’s also the compass that guide them in their quests, in a deeper and more surprising way that one can imagine!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2015-12 |**Views**: 1060According to Matthew Colless, the most important aspect of science is beauty. Not only is it what inspires scientists and their quests, I’d even claim that it’s also the compass that guide them in their quests, in a deeper and more surprising way that one can imagine!

The Cubic Ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup The Cubic Ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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I know this sounds crazy. Even stupid. But Adidas did design a cubic ball, called brazuca, for the 2014 World Cup. And, yet, this cubic ball is rounder than any previous ball in football History. How is it possible? This article explains it.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 4675I know this sounds crazy. Even stupid. But Adidas did design a cubic ball, called brazuca, for the 2014 World Cup. And, yet, this cubic ball is rounder than any previous ball in football History. How is it possible? This article explains it.

Fair Division and Cake-Cutting Fair Division and Cake-Cutting

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Cutting a cake to satisfy everyone is no piece of cake! In the article, we focus on classical definitions of fair divisions. I’ll criticize those definitions and conclude by extrapolating them to fairness in society.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 3426Cutting a cake to satisfy everyone is no piece of cake! In the article, we focus on classical definitions of fair divisions. I’ll criticize those definitions and conclude by extrapolating them to fairness in society.

Bayesian Games: Math Models for Poker Bayesian Games: Math Models for Poker

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

How to better understand Poker and card games in general? Bayesian games provide the right mathematical model just for that! These correspond to games with incomplete information and include probabilistic reasonings.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 4338How to better understand Poker and card games in general? Bayesian games provide the right mathematical model just for that! These correspond to games with incomplete information and include probabilistic reasonings.

Regulation of Electricity Markets Regulation of Electricity Markets

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

Electricity markets are not like any markets. In particular, they cannot be liberalized without regulation. In the article, I list the reasons why this market is specific and I conclude by giving you important features of a good regulation.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 1372Electricity markets are not like any markets. In particular, they cannot be liberalized without regulation. In the article, I list the reasons why this market is specific and I conclude by giving you important features of a good regulation.

The Most Troubling Experiments on Human Behavior The Most Troubling Experiments on Human Behavior

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

We all intuitively think of ourselves as independent creatures with strong free will. However, many disturbing experiments about fashion, conformity, obedience, environment, choice and opinions have been troubling this idea we make of ourselves. These ought to be lessons of humility for all of us.

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2016-02 |**Views**: 1363We all intuitively think of ourselves as independent creatures with strong free will. However, many disturbing experiments about fashion, conformity, obedience, environment, choice and opinions have been troubling this idea we make of ourselves. These ought to be lessons of humility for all of us.

Proof by Mathematical Induction Proof by Mathematical Induction

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

This article explores the potency of proofs by induction with 4 different stunning puzzles, from a lock puzzle and a lion issue, to the monk problem and the pencil conundrum!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2015-12 |**Views**: 4709This article explores the potency of proofs by induction with 4 different stunning puzzles, from a lock puzzle and a lion issue, to the monk problem and the pencil conundrum!

Pluto is NOT (not?) a Planet Pluto is NOT (not?) a Planet

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

In 2006, Pluto was officially demoted from its planetary status. When we dig a little bit, this isn’t much of the surprise. What’s more interesting is rather why it ever was regarded as a planet, as the History of Pluto highlights a magic enterprise that science is!

By Lê Nguyên Hoang |

**Updated:**2015-12 |**Views**: 1725In 2006, Pluto was officially demoted from its planetary status. When we dig a little bit, this isn’t much of the surprise. What’s more interesting is rather why it ever was regarded as a planet, as the History of Pluto highlights a magic enterprise that science is!