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mathematical physics

mathematical physics

Famous Fluid Equations Are Incomplete

July 21, 2015

A 115-year effort to bridge the particle and fluid descriptions of nature has led mathematicians to an unexpected answer.

number theory

Mathematicians Chase Moonshine’s Shadow

March 12, 2015

Researchers are on the trail of a mysterious connection between number theory, algebra and string theory.

statistical physics

At the Far Ends of a New Universal Law

October 15, 2014

A potent theory has emerged explaining a mysterious statistical law that arises throughout physics and mathematics.

2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize

In Noisy Equations, One Who Heard Music

August 12, 2014

Martin Hairer was named a 2014 Fields medalist for an epic masterpiece in stochastic analysis that colleagues say “created a whole world.”

Q&A

A ‘Rebel’ Without a Ph.D.

March 26, 2014

A conversation with the mathematical physicist Freeman Dyson on quantum electrodynamics, climate change and his latest pet project.

Illustration of an amplituhedron.
theoretical physics

A Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

September 17, 2013

Physicists have discovered a jewel-shaped geometric object that challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental constituents of nature.