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# Mathematics

## Latest Articles

### Mathematician Measures the Repulsive Force Within Polynomials

Vesselin Dimitrov’s proof of the Schinzel-Zassenhaus conjecture quantifies the way special values of polynomials push each other apart.

### New Math Proves That a Special Kind of Space-Time Is Unstable

Einstein’s equations describe three canonical configurations of space-time. Now one of these three — important in the study of quantum gravity — has been shown to be inherently unstable.

### To Win This Numbers Game, Learn to Avoid Math Patterns

Sizing up patternless sets is hard, so mathematicians rely on simple bounds to help answer their questions.

### Math After COVID-19

Modern mathematics relies on collaboration and travel. COVID-19 is making it increasingly difficult.

### John Conway Solved Mathematical Problems With His Bare Hands

The legendary mathematician, who died on April 11, was curious, colorful and one of the greatest problem-solvers of his generation.

### Remembering the Unstoppable Freeman Dyson

Freeman Dyson — physicist, mathematician, writer and idea factory — died on February 28, but his vitality lives on.

### Graced With Knowledge, Mathematicians Seek to Understand

A landmark proof in computer science has also solved an important problem called the Connes embedding conjecture. Mathematicians are working to understand it.

### ‘Amazing’ Math Bridge Extended Beyond Fermat’s Last Theorem

Mathematicians have figured out how to expand the reach of a mysterious bridge connecting two distant continents in the mathematical world.

### Mathematics as a Team Sport

When 50 mathematicians spend a week in the woods, there’s no telling what will happen. And that’s the point.