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mathematics

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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.

number theory

Mathematicians Shed Light on Elliptic Curves

July 9, 2013

Two young mathematicians are illuminating a frontier in the study of rational solutions to polynomial equations: the cubics.

Yitang Zhang
Mathematics

Unheralded Mathematician Bridges the Prime Gap

May 19, 2013

A virtually unknown researcher has made a great advance in one of mathematics’ oldest problems, the twin primes conjecture.

climate science

The Ocean’s Dynamic Role in Climate Change

April 11, 2013

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

March 18, 2013

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

March 5, 2013

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

algorithms

In Computers We Trust?

February 22, 2013

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

universality

In Mysterious Pattern, Math and Nature Converge

February 5, 2013

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

traveling salesperson problem

Computer Scientists Take Road Less Traveled

January 29, 2013

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