Only 20,000 lived at any given time, though.
The field of study is used in everything from auctions to baseball, but it’s often misunderstood, thanks to Hollywood.
The mathematical prodigy didn’t care to stick to one subject of study—and he never bothered to get a doctorate.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Confidence in math early on differs by gender and plays a key role in future success.
Pi Day is so last year.
How humans invented zero—and why some tried desperately to do without it.
Societies forget, and this physicist wants to know why.
Möbius strips still fascinate mathematicians.
Science tackles the hard questions at last.
Like science, tech, and DIY projects?
Sign up to receive Popular Science's emails and get the highlights.