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How to safely reopen offices, schools and other public spaces while keeping people six feet apart comes down to a question mathematicians have been studying for centuries.
In his rapid ascent to the top of his field, James Maynard has cut a path through simple-sounding questions about prime numbers that have stumped mathematicians for centuries.
While locked down due to COVID-19, Joshua Greene and Andrew Lobb figured out how to prove a version of the “rectangular peg problem.”
Representation theory was initially dismissed. Today, it’s central to much of mathematics.
To distinguish between fundamentally different objects, mathematicians turn to invariants that encode the objects’ essential features.