Category: Mathematics

Can You Solve The Alien Probe Riddle?
Mathematics

Can You Solve The Alien Probe Riddle?

Your team has developed a probe to study an alien monolith. It needs protective coatings — in red, purple, and green — to cope with the environments it passes through. Can you figure out how to apply the colors so the probe survives the trip? Dan Finkel shows how.

The Simplest Math Problem No One Can Solve
Mathematics

The Simplest Math Problem No One Can Solve

The Collatz Conjecture is the simplest math problem no one can solve — it is easy enough for almost anyone to understand but notoriously difficult to solve. So what is the Collatz Conjecture and what makes it so difficult?

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