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## Latest Articles

### How Math Has Changed the Shape of Gerrymandering

New tools make it possible to detect hidden manipulation of maps.

### New Proof Finds the ‘Ultimate Instability’ in a Solar System Model

For the first time, mathematicians have proved that planetary orbits in a solar system will always be unstable.

### An Applied Mathematician With an Unexpected Toolbox

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

### The New Math of Wrinkling

A comprehensive mathematical framework treats wrinkling patterns as elegant solutions to geometric problems.

### Surprising Limits Discovered in Quest for Optimal Solutions

Algorithms that zero in on solutions to optimization problems are the beating heart of machine reasoning. New results reveal surprising limits.

### How Wavelets Allow Researchers to Transform, and Understand, Data

Built upon the ubiquitous Fourier transform, the mathematical tools known as wavelets allow unprecedented analysis and understanding of continuous signals.

### How Big Data Carried Graph Theory Into New Dimensions

Researchers are turning to the mathematics of higher-order interactions to better model the complex connections within their data.

### Turing Patterns Turn Up in a Tiny Crystal

The mechanism behind leopard spots and zebra stripes also appears to explain the patterned growth of a bismuth crystal, extending Alan Turing’s 1952 idea to the atomic scale.

### A Number Theorist Who Connects Math to Other Creative Pursuits

Jordan Ellenberg enjoys studying — and writing about — the mathematics underlying everyday phenomena.