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## Latest Articles

### The Math Evangelist Who Preaches Problem-Solving

Richard Rusczyk, founder of Art of Problem Solving, has a vision for bringing “joyous, beautiful math” — and problem-solving — to classrooms everywhere.

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

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

### The Math of Social Distancing Is a Lesson in Geometry

How to safely reopen offices, schools and other public spaces while keeping people six feet apart comes down to a question mathematicians have been studying for centuries.

### To Win This Numbers Game, Learn to Avoid Math Patterns

Sizing up patternless sets is hard, so mathematicians rely on simple bounds to help answer their questions.

### How Rational Math Catches Slippery Irrational Numbers

Finding the best way to approximate the ever-elusive irrational numbers pits the infinitely large against the infinitely small.

### How Simple Math Can Cover Even the Most Complex Holes

No one knows how to find the smallest shape that can cover all other shapes of a certain width. But high school geometry is getting us closer to an answer.

### Why the Sum of Three Cubes Is a Hard Math Problem

Looking for answers in infinite space is hard. High school math can help narrow your search.

### On Your Mark, Get Set, Multiply

The way you learned to multiply works, but computers employ a faster algorithm.

### Color Me Polynomial

Polynomials aren’t just exercises in abstraction. They’re good at illuminating structure in surprising places.