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Decades after the landmark proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem, ideas abound for how to make it even more reliable. But such efforts reflect a deep misunderstanding of what makes the proof so important.
A little high school geometry can help you understand the basic math behind movie recommendation engines.
Mathematicians used “magic functions” to prove that two highly symmetric lattices solve a myriad of problems in eight- and 24-dimensional space.
Quantum computers can’t selectively forget information. A new algorithm for multiplication shows a way around that problem.
By chopping up large numbers into smaller ones, researchers have rewritten a fundamental mathematical speed limit.
In a world seemingly filled with chaos, physicists have discovered new forms of synchronization and are learning how to predict and control them.