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# Mathematics

## Latest Articles

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Deep Curiosity Inspires *The Joy of Why* Podcast

The noted mathematician and author Steven Strogatz explains how the conversations with experts in his new *Quanta Magazine* podcast address his lifelong fascination with timeless mysteries.

### Math’s ‘Oldest Problem Ever’ Gets a New Answer

A new proof significantly strengthens a decades-old result about the ubiquity of ways to represent whole numbers as sums of unit fractions.

### In New Math Proofs, Artificial Intelligence Plays to Win

A new computer program fashioned after artificial intelligence systems like AlphaGo has solved several open problems in combinatorics and graph theory.

### How We Can Make Sense of Chaos

Dynamical systems can be chaotic and impossible to predict, but mathematicians have discovered tools to help understand them.

### Play First and Lose: Zugzwang in Chess, Math and Pizzas

How to win games by going second and leaving your opponent with no good options.

### Machine Learning Becomes a Mathematical Collaborator

Two recent collaborations between mathematicians and DeepMind demonstrate the potential of machine learning to help researchers generate new mathematical conjectures.

### Computer Scientists Prove Why Bigger Neural Networks Do Better

Two researchers show that for neural networks to be able to remember better, they need far more parameters than previously thought.

### An Ancient Geometry Problem Falls to New Mathematical Techniques

Three mathematicians show, for the first time, how to form a square with the same area as a circle by cutting them into interchangeable pieces that can be visualized.

### Mathematicians Prove 30-Year-Old André-Oort Conjecture

A team of mathematicians has solved an important question about how solutions to polynomial equations relate to sophisticated geometric objects called Shimura varieties.