# Archive

## Latest Articles

### Merging Fields, Mathematicians Go the Distance on Old Problem

Mathematicians have illuminated what sets of points can look like if the distances between them are all whole numbers.

### The Social Benefits of Getting Our Brains in Sync

Our brain waves can align when we work and play closely together. The phenomenon, known as interbrain synchrony, suggests that collaboration is biological.

### How Is Flocking Like Computing?

Birds flock. Locusts swarm. Fish school. From chaotic assemblies of life, order somehow emerges. In this episode, co-host Steven Strogatz interviews the evolutionary ecologist Iain Couzin about how and why collective behaviors arise.

### The Researcher Who Explores Computation by Conjuring New Worlds

Russell Impagliazzo studies hard problems, the limits of cryptography, the nature of randomness and more.

### Topologists Tackle the Trouble With Poll Placement

Mathematicians are using topological abstractions to find places where it’s hard to vote.

### The Best Qubits for Quantum Computing Might Just Be Atoms

In the search for the most scalable hardware to use for quantum computers, qubits made of individual atoms are having a breakout moment.

### Math That Connects Where We’re Going to Where We’ve Been

Recursion builds bridges between ideas from across different math classes and illustrates the power of creative mathematical thinking.

### How Chain-of-Thought Reasoning Helps Neural Networks Compute

Large language models do better at solving problems when they show their work. Researchers are beginning to understand why.

### Michel Talagrand Wins Abel Prize for Work Wrangling Randomness

The French mathematician spent decades developing a set of tools now widely used for taming random processes.