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Math is often called the universal language because no matter where you're from, a better understanding of math means a better understanding of the world around you. Learn about math concepts such as addition, subtraction, fractions, ratios and more.

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How Fractals Work

Fractals have been around forever but were only defined in the last quarter of the 20th century. Think you can wrap your brain around how fractals work?


How Chaos Theory Works

 How Chaos Theory Works

Chaos theory is the idea that the ordered, obsequious universe we take for granted may be the exception to the rule. Learn more about chaos theory. See more »

What is number theory?

 What is number theory?

What is number theory? Learn how mathematicians use number theory to define relationships that underlie nature itself. See more »

How Zero Works

 How Zero Works

You use the number zero all the time, but it sometimes isn't a number at all. Learn about the origins and meanings of zero. See more »

How Fractals Work

 How Fractals Work

Fractals have been around forever but were only defined in the last quarter of the 20th century. Can you wrap your brain around how fractals work? See more »

How Math Works

 How Math Works

A world without math is unimaginable. Learn how different branches of math help demystify the world around us. See more »

How Tessellations Work

 How Tessellations Work

Tessellations consist of a single shape repeated over a two-dimensional plane without gaps. Learn about tessellations at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How are Fibonacci numbers expressed in nature?

 How are Fibonacci numbers expressed in nature?

Fibonacci numbers create a mathematical pattern found throughout nature. Learn where to find Fibonacci numbers, including your own mirror. See more »

How Pi Works

 How Pi Works

A fascinating article that explains Pi and different ways of calculating Pi! See more »