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## Latest Articles

### An Ancient Geometry Problem Falls to New Mathematical Techniques

Three mathematicians show, for the first time, how to form a square with the same area as a circle by cutting them into interchangeable pieces that can be visualized.

### The Webb Space Telescope Will Rewrite Cosmic History. If It Works.

The James Webb Space Telescope has the potential to rewrite the history of the cosmos and reshape humanity’s position within it. But first, a lot of things have to work just right.

### The Uselessness of Useful Knowledge

Today’s powerful but little-understood artificial intelligence breakthroughs echo past examples of unexpected scientific progress.

### The Journey to Define Dimension

The concept of dimension seems simple enough, but mathematicians struggled for centuries to precisely define and understand it.

### How Maxwell’s Demon Continues to Startle Scientists

The thorny thought experiment has been turned into a real experiment — one that physicists use to probe the physics of information.

### How Radio Astronomy Reveals the Universe

Radio waves, longer and less energetic than visible light, give astronomers access to some of the most obscure physics in the cosmos.

### Topology 101: The Hole Truth

The relationships among the properties of flexible shapes have fascinated mathematicians for centuries.

### The NASA Engineer Who’s a Mathematician at Heart

Christine Darden worked at NASA for 40 years, helping make supersonic planes quieter and forging a path for women to follow in her footsteps.

### How Claude Shannon Invented the Future

Today’s information age is only possible thanks to the groundbreaking work of a lone genius.