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# Mathematics

## Latest Articles

### New Quantum Algorithms Finally Crack Nonlinear Equations

Two teams found different ways for quantum computers to process nonlinear systems by first disguising them as linear ones.

### How I Learned to Love and Fear the Riemann Hypothesis

A number theorist recalls his first encounter with the Riemann hypothesis and breaks down the math in a new Quanta video.

### Our Favorite Comments of the Year

Online comment platforms can bring out the best — and the worst — in people. At the end of a tumultuous year, *Quanta*’s editors highlight some of our favorite things you had to say.

### The Year in Math and Computer Science

Even as mathematicians and computer scientists proved big results in computational complexity, number theory and geometry, computers proved themselves increasingly indispensable in mathematics.

### A Mathematician’s Unanticipated Journey Through the Physical World

Lauren Williams has charted an adventurous mathematical career out of the pieces of a fundamental object called the positive Grassmannian.

### How the Slowest Computer Programs Illuminate Math’s Fundamental Limits

The goal of the “busy beaver” game is to find the longest-running computer program. Its pursuit has surprising connections to some of the most profound questions and concepts in mathematics.

### After Centuries, a Seemingly Simple Math Problem Gets an Exact Solution

Mathematicians have long pondered the reach of a grazing goat tied to a fence, only finding approximate answers until now.

### The Computer Scientist Who Shrinks Big Data

Jelani Nelson designs clever algorithms that only have to remember slivers of massive data sets. He also teaches kids in Ethiopia how to code.

### Undergraduate Math Student Pushes Frontier of Graph Theory

At 21, Ashwin Sah has produced a body of work that senior mathematicians say is nearly unprecedented for a college student.