University of Pennsylvania research shows that T cells “hunt” parasites in a “Lévy walk” pattern. This brings up a few questions for most of us, such as: Do T cells really walk? Who was Lévy, and … Just what is a “Lévy walk, anyway?”

## The Turing Machine versus the Decision Problem of Hilbert

## Algorithm to Solve Arranged Marriages via the Hall Theorem

## Is it Possible for Turing Machines to Solve the Halting Problem?

## The Special Case of Non-Deterministic Turing Machines

Alan Turing (1912-1954) “invented” the Turing machine (TM) as a powerful theoretical model for mathematicians exploring rules-based mathematics. The Non-deterministic Turing machine, or NTM, extends the basic concept by permitting multiple instructions for one state-input combination. The Deterministic Turing Machine A Turing machine has a finite number of states, symbols and instructions. A pattern of symbols are presented on […]

## Examples of Turing Machines: Loops, Halts, and Rewriting

A Turing machine, or TM, is a theoretical model devised by Alan Turing to explore the limits of rule-based math. The model has a finite number of rules, states and symbols, and an infinite tape with cells, each of which can contain a single symbol. The TM can either read the current cell, rewrite it, […]

## The Turing Machine: A Brief Introduction

Alan Turing (1912-1954) “invented” the Turing machine as a theoretical model for exploring the limits of rules-based mathematics. This purely theoretical device became a powerful tool in the minds of mathematicians, and modern computers still follow many of its principles. The Turing machine is even being honored via art at the Intuition and Ingenuity exhibit […]

## Potential New Algorithm to Calculate the Cube Root of a Number

Is there a new way to calculate a number’s cubed root? Recent news articles from India report that Mr. Nirbhay Singh Nahar has developed an algorithm to calculate the cube root of any number. Given an equation stating “y = x^3″, Nahar’s method would solve for “x = y^(1/3)” without the need to refine repeated […]

## Repercussions from the Richard Paradox: Math Rules

Richard’s Paradox demonstrated that a simple rule to define a set of numbers may lead to a paradox. Predecessors to the Richard Paradox In 1905, French mathematician Jules Richard shifted the focus from certain earlier mathematical paradoxes by showing that the definitions themselves might be at fault. In the very early 1900s, paradoxes in the […]

## Conditional Probability is Not Commutative: Formulas and Examples

Confusing the “given” event (the event that you assume to have occurred) with the combined event (for which you are calculating probability) is a common pitfall with conditional probability. A Recap of Conditional Probability Recall that “the conditional probability of event ‘A’, given that event ‘B’ has occurred, is calculated as the probability that both […]