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The goal of the “busy beaver” game is to find the longest-running computer program. Its pursuit has surprising connections to some of the most profound questions and concepts in mathematics.
Mathematicians have long pondered the reach of a grazing goat tied to a fence, only finding approximate answers until now.
At 21, Ashwin Sah has produced a body of work that senior mathematicians say is nearly unprecedented for a college student.
A numerical puzzle, a geometric puzzle and a game of random patterns — all with connections to the legendary mathematician — elicited an enthusiastic response from readers.
An exercise in pure mathematics has led to a wide-ranging theory of how the world comes together.
Struggling with math problems that can’t be solved helps us better understand the ones we can.
A cryptographic master tool called indistinguishability obfuscation has for years seemed too good to be true. Three researchers have figured out that it can work.