# Archive

## Latest Articles

### The Math Behind Wordle Guesses

Wordle is a word game. But you can use math to optimize your chances of winning (without cheating).

### 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.

### Mathematical Trio Advances Centuries-Old Number Theory Problem

The work — the first-ever limit on how many whole numbers can be written as the sum of two cubed fractions — makes significant headway on “a recurring embarrassment for number theorists.”

### 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.

### Why This Universe? A New Calculation Suggests Our Cosmos Is Typical.

Two physicists have calculated that the universe has a higher entropy — and is therefore more likely — than alternative possible universes.