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# Algebraic geometry

## Latest Articles

### What Are Sheaves?

These metaphorical gardens have become central objects in modern mathematics.

### 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.

### ‘The Rest of the World Disappears’: Claire Voisin on Mathematical Creativity

The recipient of the 2024 Crafoord Prize in Mathematics discusses math as art, math as language, and math as abstract thought.

### 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.

### The Year in Math

Landmark results in Ramsey theory and a remarkably simple aperiodic tile capped a year of mathematical delight and discovery.

### Is There Math Beyond the Equal Sign?

Can mathematics handle things that are essentially the same without being exactly equal? Category theorist Eugenia Cheng and host Steven Strogatz discuss the power and pleasures of abstraction.

### An Applied Mathematician With an Unexpected Toolbox

Lek-Heng Lim uses tools from algebra, geometry and topology to answer questions in machine learning.

### The Basic Algebra Behind Secret Codes and Space Communication

Whether you’re passing secret notes in class or downloading images from a space probe, Reed-Solomon codes offer an ingenious way to embed information and correct for errors.

### The Year in Math

Four Fields Medals were awarded for major breakthroughs in geometry, combinatorics, statistical physics and number theory, even as mathematicians continued to wrestle with how computers are changing the discipline.