Fold it right there: The mathematical art of paper folding

The 2007 CSAIL puzzle created by Erik and Martin Demaine. Reproduced with permission. 

By Malgosia Ip, Mathematics and Statistics Editor “I really don’t think it’s possible,” I say again, unfolding the rumpled sheet of paper. I have been trying to solve one of Erik Demaine’s folding puzzles for a few hours now. Some of the creases have been folded so many times that the paper is starting to […]

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“Lies, damn lies, and statistics” (and math)

by Robert Aboukhalil Math & Statistics subject editor Statistics haven’t had it easy ever since Mark Twain’s famous “lies, damned lies and statistics.” But as mathematician Frederick Mosteller would have replied, “while it is easy to lie with statistics, it is even easier to lie without them.” On that note, enjoy my three picks for […]

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