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# Mathematics

## Latest Articles

### Pioneers Linking Math and Computer Science Win the Abel Prize

Avi Wigderson and László Lovász won for their work developing complexity theory and graph theory, respectively, and for connecting the two fields.

### The Mysterious Math of Perfection

Enter the world of perfect numbers and explore the mystery mathematicians have spent thousands of years trying to solve.

### New Algorithm Breaks Speed Limit for Solving Linear Equations

By harnessing randomness, a new algorithm achieves a fundamentally novel — and faster — way of performing one of the most basic computations in math and computer science.

### Isadore Singer Transcended Mathematical Boundaries

A former graduate student reflects on how Isadore Singer, who died on February 11, brought together mathematicians, physicists and anyone else interested in the deeper connections between diverse fields.

### Imaginary Numbers May Be Essential for Describing Reality

A new thought experiment indicates that quantum mechanics doesn’t work without strange numbers that turn negative when squared.

### New Season of *The Joy of x* Podcast Explores Scientists’ Inner Lives

In a second season of enlightened conversations, Steven Strogatz and leading researchers nourish our pandemic-starved minds.

### 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.

### Mathematicians Set Numbers in Motion to Unlock Their Secrets

A new proof demonstrates the power of arithmetic dynamics, an emerging discipline that combines insights from number theory and dynamical systems.

### The Coach Who Led the U.S. Math Team Back to the Top

Po-Shen Loh has harnessed his competitive impulses and iconoclastic tendencies to reinvigorate the U.S. Math Olympiad program.