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New Quantum Algorithms Finally Crack Nonlinear Equations

January 5, 2021

Two teams found different ways for quantum computers to process nonlinear systems by first disguising them as linear ones.

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chaos theory

The Hidden Heroines of Chaos

May 20, 2019

Two women programmers played a pivotal role in the birth of chaos theory. Their previously untold story illustrates the changing status of computation in science.

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Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

April 18, 2018

In new computer experiments, artificial-intelligence algorithms can tell the future of chaotic systems.

ecology

A Twisted Path to Equation-Free Prediction

October 13, 2015

Complex natural systems defy analysis using a standard mathematical toolkit, so one ecologist is throwing out the equations.

astrophysics

Strange Stars Pulse to the Golden Mean

March 10, 2015

Nature has revealed peculiar mathematical objects that connect order and chaos.

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A Brazilian Wunderkind Who Calms Chaos

August 12, 2014

Artur Avila’s solutions to ubiquitous problems in chaos theory have “changed the face of the field,” earning him Brazil’s first Fields Medal.

Biology

The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

July 17, 2014

Newly discovered patterns in evolution may help scientists make accurate short-term predictions.

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quantum physics

Fluid Tests Hint at Concrete Quantum Reality

June 24, 2014

Surprising oil drop experiments suggest that the quantum world may not be as strange as advertised.

neuroscience

A Fundamental Theory to Model the Mind

April 3, 2014

Support is growing for a decades-old physics idea suggesting that localized episodes of disordered brain activity help keep the overall system in healthy balance.