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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
From A Divine Language, which will be published next month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1. Prime numbers are those that can be divided cleanly only by themselves and by…
Kurt Gödel’s last proof
From instructions for a remote math test at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario in October 2020. Complete the practice quiz. After the practice quiz, start the setup test. Complete the…
From a mathematics textbook for children between six and twelve years old, published by the Islamic State’s ministry of education. The Islamic State distributed copies of the textbook to schools…
Sample problems from a mathematics textbook for children between six and twelve years old, published by the Islamic State’s ministry of education.
From an interview with Lyubov Ulyakhina, an expert hired by the Russian Academy of Education, published in April on the Russian news site Znak.com. In March, Russia’s Ministry of Education…
The case against Algebra II
“Life’s prerequisites are courtesy and kindness, the times tables, fractions, percentages, ratios, reading, writing, some history — the rest is gravy, really.”
When math and science rule the school
President George W. Bush officially replaced the phrase “stay the course” in Iraq with “We will stay in Iraq,” and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki insisted he never agreed to…