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It took Lisa Piccirillo less than a week to answer a long-standing question about a strange knot discovered over half a century ago by the legendary John Conway.
Vesselin Dimitrov’s proof of the Schinzel-Zassenhaus conjecture quantifies the way special values of polynomials push each other apart.
Einstein’s equations describe three canonical configurations of space-time. Now one of these three — important in the study of quantum gravity — has been shown to be inherently unstable.
Sizing up patternless sets is hard, so mathematicians rely on simple bounds to help answer their questions.
The “pinball” model of a slipping fault line borrows from the mathematics of avalanches.
The legendary mathematician, who died on April 11, was curious, colorful and one of the greatest problem-solvers of his generation.
A landmark proof in computer science has also solved an important problem called the Connes embedding conjecture. Mathematicians are working to understand it.