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# Mathematics

## Latest Articles

### Mass and Angular Momentum, Left Ambiguous by Einstein, Get Defined

Surprising as it may sound, 107 years after the introduction of general relativity, the meanings of basic concepts are still being worked out.

### A Solver of the Hardest Easy Problems About Prime Numbers

On his way to winning a Fields Medal, James Maynard has cut a path through simple-sounding questions about prime numbers that have stumped mathematicians for centuries.

### For His Sporting Approach to Math, a Fields Medal

With Hugo Duminil-Copin, thinking rarely happens without moving. His insights into the flow-related properties of complex networks have earned him the Fields Medal.

### He Dropped Out to Become a Poet. Now He’s Won a Fields Medal.

June Huh wasn’t interested in mathematics until a chance encounter during his sixth year of college. Now his profound insights connecting combinatorics and geometry have led to math’s highest honor.

### In Times of Scarcity, War and Peace, a Ukrainian Finds the Magic in Math

With her homeland mired in war, the sphere-packing number theorist Maryna Viazovska has become the second woman to win a Fields Medal in the award’s 86-year history.

### The Sordid Past of the Cubic Formula

The quest to solve cubic equations led to duels, betrayals — and modern mathematics.

### Can Computers Be Mathematicians?

Artificial intelligence has bested humans at problem-solving challenges like chess and Go. Is mathematics research next? Steven Strogatz speaks with mathematician Kevin Buzzard to learn about the effort to translate math into language that computers understand.

### How to Weigh Truth With a Balance Scale

In recreational mathematics, the balance scale is an endless source of puzzles that require precise and elaborate logic and teach the fundamentals of generalization.

### Mathematical Connect-the-Dots Reveals How Structure Emerges

A new proof identifies precisely how large a mathematical graph must be before it contains a regular substructure.