BY Emily Robinson
on Aug 13, 2014
In more glass ceiling-breaking news, the Fields Award (which Buzzfeed describes as “the Nobel Prize equivalent in the mathematics world”) has been awarded to the first female ever!
Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian-born professor at Stanford University, was chosen by the International Congress of Mathematicians to receive this honor - which only happens every four years.
According to New Scientist, the winner “studies the geometry of ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Dec 02, 2013
11 Betties (featured in our current issue!) will make you fall head over heels in love...with math. They're kitschy, quirky, sassy, and all those other adjectives that are normally reserved for description of a Wes Anderson movie.
Now, they've created a special how-to exclusively for BUST that will help you make sure you and your friends never "check out on the check" again. We've all been there--you order the salad and Donna orders the foie gras...but then ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Nov 11, 2013
Ahh, the age-old "I'm SO bad at math!" line. For many people, this declaration is almost like a reflex when anything to do with numbers comes up in conversation. Calculating a tip at a restaurant? "Don't look at me! I'm so bad at math!" Grocery shopping? "So, so bad at math!" Talking about nothing math related? You get the idea.
A recent piece by Kim Z. Dale in Chicago Now's "Listing Toward Forty" said what we all need to be thinking: Every time we say "I'm bad at ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Aug 30, 2013
“I always hated math in school! I was just so bad at it...” is a go-to line for countless women I know. It’s not a stereotype, it’s a fact that women everywhere hold this belief. Women and girls who express appreciation for mathematics are, unfortunately, an incredible minority. As it turns out, this minority doesn’t exist because of some innate hardwiring of womens' brains to be bad with numbers (whaddaya mean we're not ... Read More
BY Intern Yasmin
on Jun 28, 2012
Just a few days ago, the BUST blog reported on the huge fail of a campaign that the European Commission launched in a somewhat laughable attempt to “overturn clichés” related to women and science. Now a recent series on the Txchnologist blog reminds us that, though there definitely aren’t enough women in science at the moment, women have done amazing things to help move our world forward for centuries. And Txchnologist somehow ... Read More
For of you who don’t know, today is Pi Day – the holiday celebrating the mathematical constant π (fun fact: it’s also the birthday of Albert Einstein!).
Pi Day is celebrated a number of ways across the United States: discussions on the relevance of π, festivities honoring Einstein, and my personal favorite, excessive consumption of pie. But since I can’t give you all pie through the computer (though I wish I could – get on that ... Read More
Apparently no one really knows why women seem to have a harder time getting into the mathematical and scientific fields-- but University of Missouri researcher David Geary and his University of Leeds colleague Gijsbert Stoet want to find out. The University of Missouri reports that they're trying to get to understand the gender gap-- and correct it for the future.In 1999, a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology ... Read More