## Latest Articles

### Mathematician Hurls Structure and Disorder Into Century-Old Problem

A new paper shows how to create longer disordered strings than mathematicians had thought possible, proving that a well-known recent conjecture is “spectacularly wrong.”

### Mathematician Disproves 80-Year-Old Algebra Conjecture

Inside the symmetries of a crystal shape, a postdoctoral researcher has unearthed a counterexample to a basic conjecture about multiplicative inverses.

### Statistics Postdoc Tames Decades-Old Geometry Problem

To the surprise of experts in the field, a postdoctoral statistician has solved one of the most important problems in high-dimensional convex geometry.

### Computer Scientists Achieve ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

A cryptographic master tool called indistinguishability obfuscation has for years seemed too good to be true. Three researchers have figured out that it can work.

### Computer Scientists Break Traveling Salesperson Record

After 44 years, there’s finally a better way to find approximate solutions to the notoriously difficult traveling salesperson problem.

### Mathematicians Report New Discovery About the Dodecahedron

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

### Landmark Math Proof Clears Hurdle in Top Erdős Conjecture

Two mathematicians have proved the first leg of Paul Erdős’ all-time favorite problem about number patterns.

### A Number Theorist Who Solves the Hardest Easy Problems

In his rapid ascent to the top of his field, James Maynard has cut a path through simple-sounding questions about prime numbers that have stumped mathematicians for centuries.

### In a Single Measure, Invariants Capture the Essence of Math Objects

To distinguish between fundamentally different objects, mathematicians turn to invariants that encode the objects’ essential features.