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# Mathematics

## Latest Articles

### A Rosetta Stone for Mathematics

In 1940 André Weil wrote a letter to his sister, Simone, outlining his vision for translating between three distinct areas of mathematics. Eighty years later, it still animates many of the most exciting developments in the field.

### To Pack Spheres Tightly, Mathematicians Throw Them at Random

Four mathematicians broke a 75-year-old record by finding a denser way to pack high-dimensional spheres.

### Mathematicians Marvel at ‘Crazy’ Cuts Through Four Dimensions

Topologists prove two new results that bring some order to the confoundingly difficult study of four-dimensional shapes.

### Geometers Engineer New Tools to Wrangle Spacecraft Orbits

Mathematicians think abstract tools from a field called symplectic geometry might help with planning missions to far-off moons and planets.

### Number of Distances Separating Points Has a New Bound

Mathematicians have struggled to prove Falconer’s Conjecture, a simple, but far-reaching, hypothesis about the distances between points. They’re finally getting close.

### Merging Fields, Mathematicians Go the Distance on Old Problem

Mathematicians have illuminated what sets of points can look like if the distances between them are all whole numbers.

### Topologists Tackle the Trouble With Poll Placement

Mathematicians are using topological abstractions to find places where it’s hard to vote.

### Math That Connects Where We’re Going to Where We’ve Been

Recursion builds bridges between ideas from across different math classes and illustrates the power of creative mathematical thinking.

### Michel Talagrand Wins Abel Prize for Work Wrangling Randomness

The French mathematician spent decades developing a set of tools now widely used for taming random processes.