## 29 AprAlgebra behind the scenes : Reed-Solomon Algorithm

You must have seen QR codes displayed in Paytm stickers. One can scan these codes to make payment to the merchant easily via Paytm. Such QR codes are used for making super fast transactions via the newly introduced BHIM app (Bharat Interface for Money) and...

## 02 MarA New Prime Number and a Decades Old Problem

Mathematicians are inching towards solving a decades old problem with the discovery of a new big prime number. A new giant prime number has been discovered on 31st October, 2016 in a crowd-sourced effort, through PrimeGrid. PrimeGrid is a platform like GIMPS (Great Internet Mersenne...

## 31 DecSome Interesting Properties of the Number 2016

We look at some interesting properties of the number $$2016$$. We mention in passing that the year $$2016$$ is a leap year. The number factors as $$2016=2^5\times 3^2\times 7$$. From the factorisation a lot of interesting observations can be made. Such as $$16$$ divides $$2016$$....

## 20 Jul"Mathematics Lab"

Sounds strange, right? Well, "Mathematics Lab" is something we are not well-acquainted with. We all had "Physics lab", "Chemistry Lab", "Biology Lab" in our schools/colleges but not "Mathematics Lab". Last month, I and my friend Ajoy Dutta got an opportunity to design a "Mathematics Lab",...

## 01 JulWhat shape is your carpet?

The things that we are going to talk about in this article belongs to a class of mathematical objects called Fractals. Mathematically a fractal is a set that produces repeating patterns at every scale. Meaning, if you zoom in a particular region of the pattern,...

## 30 MarGot a problem? Vote!

We’ll start with a passage from J.E. Littlewood’s celebrated Mathematician’s Miscellany. “A voting paradox. If a man abstains from voting in a General Election on the ground that the chance of his vote's mattering is negligible, it is common to rebuke him by saying 'suppose everyone...

## 28 MarIs it me, or is "Veto" starting to sound really good

Our heroes from the previous story, Shapley, Shubik and Banzhaf are on a trip today. They’re going to New York, for the United Nations Security Council meeting. This powerful institution consists of delegates from fifteen member states: five permanent and ten non-permanent. All decisions are...

## 13 MarThe brand new prime

There is a brand new prime in town! Yes there is. This new prime is huge, I mean reaaaally huge. It is more than $22$ million digits long! This new prime is the latest addition to the class of prime numbers known as Mersenne primes,...

## 13 MarPower of factions: People’s Front of Judea and Judean People’s Front

Friedrich Nietzsche claims that in the foundation of everything we will find the will to power. Even if we do not completely agree with this claim, most people have it in mind when it comes to politics. To avoid local bias of the story that...

## 17 FebGame of trisection

Throughout the centuries, we’ve made a pretty good system for separating normal from abnormal things. OK, it failed miserably from time to time, but sometimes we have quite strong proof of something not being normal (even if your mother had you tested, Sheldon). Stories we...