When a German retiree proved a famous long-standing mathematical conjecture, the response was underwhelming.

The French mathematician was cited “for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets.”

Top women in mathematics and physics discuss how they got to where they are — and why there aren’t more of them.

Computational physicist Sharon Glotzer is uncovering the rules by which complex collective phenomena emerge from simple building blocks.

A decades-old method called the “bootstrap” is enabling new discoveries about the geometry underlying all quantum theories.

Physicists are closing the door on an intriguing loophole around the quantum phenomenon Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.”

Life might have originated in droplets that behave surprisingly like living cells.

Researchers have discovered that simple “chemically active” droplets grow to the size of cells and spontaneously divide, suggesting they might have evolved into the first living cells.

Geochemical signals from deep inside Earth are beginning to shed light on the planet’s first 50 million years, a formative period long viewed as inaccessible to science.