Nobody expected that allowing more communication would make computational problems more reliable.
Aug. 14, 2020 • ~8 min
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Without a vaccine, the cost of reaching herd immunity during a pandemic is counted in lives lost, and it won't quickly stop the virus's spread.
June 16, 2020 • ~7 min
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The equation 'COVID alert level = R (rate of infection) + number of infections' simply does not add up to a number between one and five.
May 15, 2020 • ~6 min
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Testing everyone for COVID-19 isn't realistic in a country the size of the US, but there are ways to design testing systems that can catch most of the cases.
April 21, 2020 • ~7 min
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Here's one way to test more people for coronavirus with fewer resources.
April 9, 2020 • ~6 min
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The awesome power of exponential growth explained.
April 3, 2020 • ~7 min
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Exponential growth, such as in a viral epidemic, starts deceptively slowly, then quickly balloons. A mathematician explains the importance of early action and the costs of delay.
April 2, 2020 • ~5 min
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You don't have to believe the official figures to realise that the rate of spread of the virus in Japan has been slower than in other countries.
March 26, 2020 • ~5 min
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NASA scientist Katherine Johnson was instrumental in getting people to the moon. Here are some of the lessons one mathematics professor believes she taught us all.
Feb. 26, 2020 • ~7 min
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