Farewell to Mathematician Katherine Johnson, Crucial “Hidden Figure” at NASA in the ’60s Space Race

From her time as a childhood math prodigy in West Virginia to her crucial role as a “computer” at NASA, where her calculations helped lead astronauts into orbit and then the moon, black mathematician Katherine Johnson was a pioneering figure in spaceflight. Johnson’s work was critical to NASA’s earlier successes—especially during the space race—but they wouldn’t get mainstream recognition until President Barack Obama awarded her …

This Galaxy Puzzle is Infinite, Like the Universe

Thanks to some mathematical brains, this Infinite Galaxy Puzzle has no end. Or rather, it has endless possibilities and solutions since it can be assembled in any direction and in any shape—meaning it can be put together over and over again with all different outcomes. Based on the Klein Bottle, “an impossible 3D shape where the inside and outside are mathematically indistinguishable,” this 133-piece, laser-cut …

Mathematician John Nash’s Obituary

Long before the award-winning film “A Beautiful Mind” made his name famous, John Nash—who recently died in a taxi crash at the age of 86—was already a star in the world of mathematics and economics. As a post-graduate student at Princeton University, Nash developed mathematical theories that would later earn him international recognition. In 1959, illness took over, curtailing his research and leading to the …