When a German retiree proved a famous long-standing mathematical conjecture, the response was underwhelming.
The French mathematician was cited “for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets.”
A simple analogue could offer insights into one of the most astonishing results of quantum mechanics.
Top women in mathematics and physics discuss how they got to where they are — and why there aren’t more of them.
19th century mathematicians thought the “roots of unity” were the key to solving Fermat’s Last Theorem. Then they discovered a fatal flaw.
For centuries, mathematicians tried to solve problems by adding new values to the usual numbers. Now they’re investigating the unintended consequences of that tinkering.
For Sylvia Serfaty, mathematics is all about truth and beauty and building scientific and human connections.
Can balloon animals help blunt uneasy feelings about “spooky action at a distance”?
The simple Möbius strip illustrates a deep mathematical challenge that has long tormented the field of symplectic geometry.
When two mathematicians raised pointed questions about a classic proof that no one really understood, they ignited a years-long debate about how much could be trusted in a new kind of geometry.