By harnessing randomness, a new algorithm achieves a fundamentally novel — and faster — way of performing one of the most basic computations in math and computer science.
A former graduate student reflects on how Isadore Singer, who died on February 11, brought together mathematicians, physicists and anyone else interested in the deeper connections between diverse fields.
A new thought experiment indicates that quantum mechanics doesn’t work without strange numbers that turn negative when squared.
In a second season of enlightened conversations, Steven Strogatz and leading researchers nourish our pandemic-starved minds.
To the surprise of experts in the field, a postdoctoral statistician has solved one of the most important problems in high-dimensional convex geometry.
Researchers are tracking the different strains of SARS-CoV-2 and studying how they spread through our population and our bodies.
Twenty years ago, physicists set out to investigate a mysterious asymmetry in the proton’s interior. Their results, published today, show how antimatter helps stabilize every atom’s core.
An overlooked but powerful driver of cloud formation could accelerate the loss of polar sea ice.
A new proof demonstrates the power of arithmetic dynamics, an emerging discipline that combines insights from number theory and dynamical systems.
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