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## Latest Articles

### The Oracle of Arithmetic

At 28, Peter Scholze is uncovering deep connections between number theory and geometry.

### Is Infinity Real?

Three puzzles test whether the concept of infinity has purchase in the physical world.

### Simple Set Game Proof Stuns Mathematicians

A new series of papers has settled a long-standing question related to the popular game in which players seek patterned sets of three cards.

### Solution: ‘A Random Place at the Table’

Try these shortcuts for solving problems that seem to require a lengthy calculation.

### Mathematicians Bridge Finite-Infinite Divide

A surprising new proof is helping to connect the mathematics of infinity to the physical world.

### A Life Inspired by an Unexpected Genius

Greatness was always expected of Ken Ono. But as he struggled with his parents’ expectations, he found solace and inspiration in the life of two-time college dropout — and mathematical genius — Srinivasa Ramanujan, the subject of the film *The Man Who Knew Infinity*.

### A Random Place at the Table

Can you find a shortcut for solving problems that seem to require a lengthy calculation?

### Why Sleeping Beauty Is Lost in Time

The famous Sleeping Beauty problem has divided probability theorists, decision theorists and philosophers for over 15 years. Puzzle columnist Pradeep Mutalik claims to have discovered the source of confusion.

### Sphere Packing Solved in Higher Dimensions

The Ukrainian mathematician Maryna Viazovska has solved the centuries-old sphere-packing problem in dimensions eight and 24.