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climate science

The Ocean’s Dynamic Role in Climate Change

New data collected by mathematicians and oceanographers in the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean could dramatically improve climate models.

networks

Treading Softly in a Connected World

In an increasingly interconnected world, scientists are seeking safeguards against catastrophic cascades of failure like stock market crashes and widespread blackouts.

symmetry

How to Make Impossible Wallpaper

A new collection of arresting wallpaper designs seems to defy the crystallographic restriction.

algorithms

In Computers We Trust?

As the role of computers in pure mathematics grows, researchers debate their reliability.

universality

In Mysterious Pattern, Math and Nature Converge

All complex correlated systems, from Arctic melt ponds to the Internet, appear to be governed by the same math as a random matrix.

traveling salesman problem

Computer Scientists Take Road Less Traveled

An infinitesimal advance in the traveling salesman problem breathes new life into the search for improved approximate solutions.

Mathematics

Getting Into Shapes: From Hyperbolic Geometry to Cube Complexes and Back

Thirty years after William Thurston articulated a grand mathematical vision, a proof by Ian Agol marks the end of an era in the study of three-dimensional shapes.