Six Degrees of InnovationWhat Broadway musicals tell us about creativity.
The Mathematics of NarcissismThe common statistical thread between psychiatric diagnosis and grad school rankings.
13 Stripes and 51 StarsA mathematician figures out the best way to jam an extra star onto the American flag. Plus: Generate patterns for every possible flag up to 100 stars.
We're Down $700 Billion. Let's Go Double or Nothing!How the financial markets fell for a 400-year-old sucker bet.
Will the Democrats Flip the House?Slate's mathematician on the odds of a Democratic victory.
Proportionate ResponseDoes one Israeli really equal 47 Americans?
Does Gödel Matter?The romantic's favorite mathematician didn't prove what you think he did.
Game Theory for SwingersWhat states should the candidates visit before Election Day?
Is Math a Young Man's Game?No. Not every mathematician is washed up at 30.
Don't Worry About Grade InflationWhy it doesn't matter that professors give out so many A's.
Growing ApartThe mathematical evidence for Congress' growing polarization.
Algebra for AdulterersWhat every philandering politician and traveling salesman should know about the odds of getting caught.
Cigs and FigsHow do you count dead smokers?
The Beauty of Bounded GapsA huge discovery about prime numbers—and what it means for the future of math.
Deadly MathIs it right to say that the Norwegian terrorist attack was proportionally worse than 9/11?
Is the Mega Millions Lottery a Mug's Game?It all depends on when you play—and what value you put on a dollar.
Guilt by CalculationIt takes more than an Excel sheet to prove the Iranian election was fixed.
Mean GirlsThe New York Times slips up on sexual math.
Who Cares About Poincaré?Million-dollar math problem solved. So what?
Sex and SignificanceHow the Heritage Foundation cooked the books on virginity.
Building a Better World SeriesWhy the Fall Classic isn't the best way to find the best team in baseball.
Vote!Why your ballot isn't as meaningless as you think.
Love by the NumbersCan a few differential equations describe the course of a marriage?
Blinded by ScienceExplaining the media's obsession with Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science.
Is Powerball a Mug's Game?It all depends on when you play—and what value you put on a dollar.
Barry Bonds and the Placebo EffectWhy Bonds won't break the homer record and the placebo effect might be bunk.