Jordan Ellenberg

Jordan Ellenberg is a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin and the author of How Not to Be Wrong. He blogs at Quomodocumque.

Do The Math
March 10 2005 7:27 AMDoes Gödel Matter?The romantic's favorite mathematician didn't prove what you think he did.
Do The Math
Oct. 25 2004 3:59 PMGame Theory for SwingersWhat states should the candidates visit before Election Day?
Sports Nut
July 15 2004 5:20 PMIs Math a Sport?And what about target shooting, Skee-Ball, and standing on one foot?
Do The Math
April 16 2003 2:28 PMLove by the NumbersCan a few differential equations describe the course of a marriage?
Do The Math
July 2 2002 2:06 PMBlinded by ScienceExplaining the media's obsession with Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science.
Do The Math
Aug. 31 2001 8:30 PMIs Powerball a Mug's Game?It all depends on when you play—and what value you put on a dollar.
Do The Math
July 12 2001 9:00 PMBarry Bonds and the Placebo EffectWhy Bonds won't break the homer record and the placebo effect might be bunk.
Do The Math
Oct. 29 2004 7:21 AMBuilding a Better World SeriesWhy the Fall Classic isn't the best way to find the best team in baseball.
Do The Math
Oct. 11 2004 1:29 PMVote!Why your ballot isn't as meaningless as you think.
Do The Math
May 16 2003 10:39 AMIs Math a Young Man's Game?No. Not every mathematician is washed up at 30.
Do The Math
Oct. 2 2002 10:38 AMDon't Worry About Grade InflationWhy it doesn't matter that professors give out so many A's.
Do The Math
Dec. 26 2001 10:57 AMGrowing ApartThe mathematical evidence for Congress' growing polarization.
Do The Math
Aug. 17 2001 3:00 AMAlgebra for AdulterersWhat every philandering politician and traveling salesman should know about the odds of getting caught. 
Do The Math
June 15 2001 3:00 AMCigs and FigsHow do you count dead smokers?


The Slatest

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Can it be again?

Whole Foods Is Desperate for Customers to Feel Warm and Fuzzy Again

The XX Factor

I’m 25. I Have $250.03.

My doctors want me to freeze my eggs.

The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I’m 25. I Have $250.03. My doctors want me to freeze my eggs.

Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

George Tiller’s Murderer Threatens Another Abortion Provider, Claims Free Speech

The Congressional Republican Digging Through Scientists’ Grant Proposals

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 12:44 AM We Need More Ben Bradlees His relationship with John F. Kennedy shows what’s missing from today’s Washington journalism.
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 3:03 PM Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PM Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 9:42 PM The All The President’s Men Scene That Perfectly Captured Ben Bradlee’s Genius
Oct. 21 2014 11:44 PM Driving in Circles The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.