What's up in

mathematics

Art for "Math Puzzle: The Joy of Recursion"
insights puzzle

The Bulldogs That Bulldogs Fight

Solve a linguistic whodunit about a college mascot by thinking like a self-referencing computer subroutine.

Art for "Mathematicians Discover the Perfect Way to Multiply"
number theory

Mathematicians Discover the Perfect Way to Multiply

By chopping up large numbers into smaller ones, researchers have rewritten a fundamental mathematical speed limit.

Art for "Scientists Discover Exotic New Patterns of Synchronization"
patterns

Scientists Discover Exotic New Patterns of Synchronization

In a world seemingly filled with chaos, physicists have discovered new forms of synchronization and are learning how to predict and control them.

Art for "Usain Bolt’s Split Times and the Power of Calculus"
Quantized Columns

Usain Bolt’s Split Times and the Power of Calculus

Just how fast can the fastest human run? This adapted book excerpt from Infinite Powers reveals how calculus helps us investigate the nature of motion and change.

Art for "Cryptography That Can’t Be Hacked"
computer security

Cryptography That Can’t Be Hacked

Researchers have just released hacker-proof cryptographic code — programs with the same level of invincibility as a mathematical proof.

Art for "In Quantum Games, There’s No Way to Play the Odds"
Abstractions blog

In Quantum Games, There’s No Way to Play the Odds

These games combine quantum entanglement, infinity and impossible-to-calculate winning probabilities. But if researchers can crack them, they’ll reveal deep mathematical secrets.

Art for "Proof Finds That All Change Is a Mix of Order and Randomness"
dynamical systems

Proof Finds That All Change Is a Mix of Order and Randomness

All descriptions of change are a unique blend of chance and determinism, according to the sweeping mathematical proof of the “weak Pinsker conjecture.”

Abstractions blog

Sum-of-Three-Cubes Problem Solved for ‘Stubborn’ Number 33

A number theorist with programming prowess has found a solution to 33 = x³ + y³ + z³, a much-studied equation that went unsolved for 64 years.

Art for "How to Find Simple Treasures in Complex Numbers"
insights puzzle

Solution: ‘How to Find Simple Treasures in Complex Numbers’

Puzzle solvers used “imaginary” numbers to solve a real world problem: finding long-lost treasure.