Artificial intelligence has bested humans at problem-solving challenges like chess and Go. Is mathematics research next? Steven Strogatz speaks with mathematician Kevin Buzzard to learn about the effort to translate math into language that computers understand.

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## Latest Articles

### Asymmetry Detected in the Distribution of Galaxies

Two new studies suggest that certain tetrahedral arrangements of galaxies outnumber their mirror images, potentially reflecting details of the universe’s birth. But confirmation is needed.

### Crucial Computer Program for Particle Physics at Risk of Obsolescence

Maintenance of the software that’s used for the hardest physics calculations rests almost entirely with a retiree. The situation reveals the problematic incentive structure of academia.

### Physicists Create a Holographic Wormhole Using a Quantum Computer

The unprecedented experiment explores the possibility that space-time somehow emerges from quantum information.

### The Brain Uses Calculus to Control Fast Movements

Researchers discover that to sharpen its control over precision maneuvers, the brain uses comparisons between control signals — not the signals themselves.

### AI Reveals New Possibilities in Matrix Multiplication

Inspired by the results of a game-playing neural network, mathematicians have been making unexpected advances on an age-old math problem.

### A Mathematician Dancing Between Algebra and Geometry

Wei Ho, the first director of the Women and Mathematics program at the Institute for Advanced Study, combines algebra and geometry in her work on an ancient class of curves.

### The Simple Geometry Behind Brownie Bake Offs and Equal Areas

Proving that two polygons have the same area can be as easy as cutting them up and rearranging the pieces.

### Computer Proof ‘Blows Up’ Centuries-Old Fluid Equations

For more than 250 years, mathematicians have wondered if the Euler equations might sometimes fail to describe a fluid’s flow. A new computer-assisted proof marks a major breakthrough in that quest.

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