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A recent paper set the fastest record for multiplying two matrices. But it also marks the end of the line for a method researchers have relied on for decades to make improvements.
Avi Wigderson and László Lovász won for their work developing complexity theory and graph theory, respectively, and for connecting the two fields.
By harnessing randomness, a new algorithm achieves a fundamentally novel — and faster — way of performing one of the most basic computations in math and computer science.
After 44 years, there’s finally a better way to find approximate solutions to the notoriously difficult traveling salesperson problem.
A landmark proof in computer science has also solved an important problem called the Connes embedding conjecture. Mathematicians are working to understand it.
Computer scientists established a new boundary on computationally verifiable knowledge. In doing so, they solved major open problems in quantum mechanics and pure mathematics.
The universe of problems that a computer can check has grown. The researchers’ secret ingredient? Quantum entanglement.
By chopping up large numbers into smaller ones, researchers have rewritten a fundamental mathematical speed limit.