## Latest Articles

### At the Math Olympiad, Computers Prepare to Go for the Gold

Computer scientists are trying to build an AI system that can win a gold medal at the world’s premier math competition.

### Computer Scientists Attempt to Corner the Collatz Conjecture

A powerful technique called SAT solving could work on the notorious Collatz conjecture. But it’s a long shot.

### Computer Search Settles 90-Year-Old Math Problem

By translating Keller’s conjecture into a computer-friendly search for a type of graph, researchers have finally resolved a problem about covering spaces with tiles.

### How Physics Found a Geometric Structure for Math to Play With

Symplectic geometry is a relatively new field with implications for much of modern mathematics. Here’s what it’s all about.

### The Tricky Math of Herd Immunity for COVID-19

Herd immunity differs from place to place, and many factors influence how it’s calculated.

### New Geometric Perspective Cracks Old Problem About Rectangles

While locked down due to COVID-19, Joshua Greene and Andrew Lobb figured out how to prove a version of the “rectangular peg problem.”

### The ‘Useless’ Perspective That Transformed Mathematics

Representation theory was initially dismissed. Today, it’s central to much of mathematics.

### In Mathematics, It Often Takes a Good Map to Find Answers

Mathematicians try to figure out when problems can be solved using current knowledge — and when they have to chart a new path instead.

### Mathematician Measures the Repulsive Force Within Polynomials

Vesselin Dimitrov’s proof of the Schinzel-Zassenhaus conjecture quantifies the way special values of polynomials push each other apart.