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The New Laws of Explosive Networks
Researchers are uncovering the hidden laws that reveal how the Internet grows, how viruses spread, and how financial bubbles burst.
At the Far Ends of a New Universal Law
A potent theory has emerged explaining a mysterious statistical law that arises throughout physics and mathematics.
The Remarkable Self-Organization of Ants
Knowing the rules behind ant-made structures could help scientists understand how other complex systems emerge in nature.
A Fundamental Theory to Model the Mind
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.
The Mathematical Shape of Things to Come
Scientific data sets are becoming more dynamic, requiring new mathematical techniques on par with the invention of calculus.
Treading Softly in a Connected World
In an increasingly interconnected world, scientists are seeking safeguards against catastrophic cascades of failure like stock market crashes and widespread blackouts.
In Mysterious Pattern, Math and Nature Converge
All complex correlated systems, from Arctic melt ponds to the Internet, appear to be governed by the same math as a random matrix.