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# Mathematics

## Latest Articles

### A New Agenda for Low-Dimensional Topology

This past October, dozens of mathematicians gathered in Pasadena to create the third version of “Kirby’s list” — a compendium of the most important unsolved problems in the field.

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*Quanta* Relaunches Hyperjumps Math Game

Explore a universe of numbers and arithmetic in our new and improved interactive math game, Hyperjumps!

### Unfolding the Mysteries of Polygonal Billiards

The surprisingly subtle geometry of a familiar game shows how quickly math gets complicated.

### Maze Proof Establishes a ‘Backbone’ for Statistical Mechanics

Four mathematicians have estimated the chances that there’s a clear path through a random maze.

### What Makes for ‘Good’ Mathematics?

Terence Tao, who has been called the “Mozart of Mathematics,” wrote an essay in 2007 about the common ingredients in “good” mathematical research. In this episode, the Fields Medalist joins Steven Strogatz to revisit the topic.

### How to Build an Origami Computer

Two mathematicians have shown that origami can, in principle, be used to perform any possible computation.

### The Quest to Decode the Mandelbrot Set, Math’s Famed Fractal

For decades, a small group of mathematicians has patiently unraveled the mystery of what was once math’s most popular picture. Their story shows how technology transforms even the most abstract mathematical landscapes.

### The Surprisingly Simple Math Behind Puzzling Matchups

If Anna beats Benji in a game and Benji beats Carl, will Anna beat Carl?