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# Mathematics

## Latest Articles

### The NASA Engineer Who’s a Mathematician at Heart

Christine Darden worked at NASA for 40 years, helping make supersonic planes quieter and forging a path for women to follow in her footsteps.

### Mathematicians Resurrect Hilbert’s 13th Problem

Long considered solved, David Hilbert’s question about seventh-degree polynomials is leading researchers to a new web of mathematical connections.

### The Crooked Geometry of Round Trips

Imagine if we lived on a cube-shaped Earth. How would you find the shortest path around the world?

### 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.