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# Abstractions blog

## Latest Articles

### Math After COVID-19

Modern mathematics relies on collaboration and travel. COVID-19 is making it increasingly difficult.

### What Might Be Speeding Up the Universe’s Expansion?

Physicists have proposed extra cosmic ingredients that could explain the faster-than-expected expansion of space.

### Why Are Black Holes So Bright?

And why is the black hole at the center of our own galaxy so dim?

### New Earthquake Math Predicts How Destructive They’ll Be

The “pinball” model of a slipping fault line borrows from the mathematics of avalanches.

### John Conway Solved Mathematical Problems With His Bare Hands

The legendary mathematician, who died on April 11, was curious, colorful and one of the greatest problem-solvers of his generation.

### Neutrino Asymmetry Passes Critical Threshold

The first official evidence of a key imbalance between neutrinos and antineutrinos provides one of the best clues for why the universe contains something rather than nothing.

### Graced With Knowledge, Mathematicians Seek to Understand

A landmark proof in computer science has also solved an important problem called the Connes embedding conjecture. Mathematicians are working to understand it.

### To Make the Perfect Mirror, Physicists Confront the Mystery of Glass

Sometimes a mirror that reflects 99.9999% of light isn’t good enough.

### Why Do Matter Particles Come in Threes? A Physics Titan Weighs In.

Three progressively heavier copies of each type of matter particle exist, and no one knows why. A new paper by Steven Weinberg takes a stab at explaining the pattern.