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Biology

I Contain Multitudes

August 21, 2014

Our bodies are a genetic patchwork, possessing variation from cell to cell. Is that a good thing?

theoretical physics

At Multiverse Impasse, a New Theory of Scale

August 18, 2014

Physicists have begun to explore the idea that mass and length may not be fundamental properties of nature. The hypothesis could help to avoid the conclusion that our world is just a weird bubble in an endlessly foaming multiverse.

2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize

A Grand Vision for the Impossible

August 12, 2014

Subhash Khot’s bold conjecture is helping mathematicians explore the precise limits of computation.

2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize

In Noisy Equations, One Who Heard Music

August 12, 2014

Martin Hairer was named a 2014 Fields medalist for an epic masterpiece in stochastic analysis that colleagues say “created a whole world.”

2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize

A Tenacious Explorer of Abstract Surfaces

August 12, 2014

Maryam Mirzakhani, who became the first woman Fields medalist for drawing deep connections between topology, geometry and dynamical systems, has died of cancer at the age of 40. This is our 2014 profile of her life and work.

2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize

A Brazilian Wunderkind Who Calms Chaos

August 12, 2014

Artur Avila’s solutions to ubiquitous problems in chaos theory have “changed the face of the field,” earning him Brazil’s first Fields Medal.

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2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize

The Musical, Magical Number Theorist

August 12, 2014

The search for artistic truth and beauty has led Manjul Bhargava to some of the most profound recent discoveries in number theory, which have helped earn him the Fields Medal.

Melpomene
genetics

As Animals Mingle, a Baffling Genetic Barrier

August 5, 2014

Despite swapping DNA through interbreeding, butterflies and other animals can maintain distinct species.

Multicellularity
evolution

Where Animals Come From

July 29, 2014

Bacteria may have helped single-celled organisms make the leap to multicellular animals.