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# Mathematics

## Latest Articles

### Why Mathematicians Study Knots

Far from being an abstract mathematical curiosity, knot theory has driven many findings in math and beyond.

### The Many Ways to Win at Wordle (Without Cheating)

Solve these puzzle questions to level up your Wordle game.

### Mathematicians Discover the Fibonacci Numbers Hiding in Strange Spaces

Recent explorations of unique geometric worlds reveal perplexing patterns, including the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio.

### Teenager Solves Stubborn Riddle About Prime Number Look-Alikes

In his senior year of high school, Daniel Larsen proved a key theorem about Carmichael numbers — strange entities that mimic the primes.

### ‘Monumental’ Math Proof Solves Triple Bubble Problem and More

The decades-old Sullivan’s conjecture, about the best way to minimize the surface area of a bubble cluster, was thought to be out of reach for three bubbles and up — until a new breakthrough result.

### How *Star Trek*’s Lieutenant Uhura Overcame Astronomical Odds

Readers rescued a *Star Trek* crew from a probabilistic predicament armed only with the power of mathematical reasoning.

### How Big Is Infinity?

Of all the endless questions children and mathematicians have asked about infinity, one of the biggest has to do with its size.

### The New Math of Wrinkling

A comprehensive mathematical framework treats wrinkling patterns as elegant solutions to geometric problems.

### How Mathematical Curves Enable Advanced Communication

A simple geometric idea has been used to power advances in information theory, cryptography and even blockchain technology.