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# Abstractions blog

## Latest Articles

### How Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics

Renormalization has become perhaps the single most important advance in theoretical physics in 50 years.

### A New Algorithm for Graph Crossings, Hiding in Plain Sight

Two computer scientists found — in the unlikeliest of places — just the idea they needed to make a big leap in graph theory.

### A New Cosmic Tension: The Universe Might Be Too Thin

Cosmologists have concluded that the universe doesn’t appear to clump as much as it should. Could both of cosmology’s big puzzles share a single fix?

### Mathematicians Report New Discovery About the Dodecahedron

Three mathematicians have resolved a fundamental question about straight paths on the 12-sided Platonic solid.

### Computer Scientists Attempt to Corner the Collatz Conjecture

A powerful technique called SAT solving could work on the notorious Collatz conjecture. But it’s a long shot.

### Can Vaccines for Wildlife Prevent Human Pandemics?

Studies suggest that self-disseminating vaccines could prevent the “spillover” of animal viruses into humans as pandemic diseases.

### The Mathematical Structure of Particle Collisions Comes Into View

Physicists have identified an algebraic structure underlying the messy mathematics of particle collisions. Some hope it will lead to a more elegant theory of the natural world.

### Math of the Penguins

Emperor penguins display rigorously geometric spacing and mathematical efficiency when they huddle together for warmth, which may reveal secrets to their overall health.

### Global Wave Discovery Ends 220-Year Search

An 18th-century physicist first predicted the existence of a chorus of atmospheric waves that swoop around Earth. Scientists have finally found them.